Sri Lanka weather
Rain or sunshine, whatever is your liking, there’s no other place under the sun that could give this luxury during anytime of the year than Sri Lanka. Being in the tropical zone, the seasons are not distinctively varied as in many countries. Mountains in most part of the central region of the Island are aptly matched by the slopes to the lower beds and to the shores, amply supply a harmonious weather pattern. There are no summer and winter, spring and autumn that are markedly present even though variations do occur (but not so contrasting from one another).
This has encouraged visitors to have less qualms of selecting the time to tour Sri Lanka allaying unwarranted fears. Weather forecasts are available via real time online reporting and also in the iPhones Apps, whilst Radio and TV broadcast too supply ready info, throughout the globe. Incidental weather changes occur anyhow in today’s climate change prone world, but these may be exceptional and not the norm.
Generally, from Mid-March to end of April are the warmest Sunny season in Sri Lanka, while the monsoon showers could be from May till September (Yala – 4000mm) and October to January (Maha -1000mm). However during these periods not the entire country is affected thus. The former falls on the western and southern and the latter rain fall occurs in North and East. During these times sometimes there could be strong winds accompanying them and occasionally floods may inundate roadways due to excess rains. But none can predict the occurrences as a regular phenomenon.
The agriculture sector especially as in all countries plan and implement production efforts accordingly. Religious festivals accompany the harvesting periods as celebrations and so, the economic planning and distribution concur along with. For tourist activities of course, the Month of April spells the warmest season and hence, the usually cold hills come alive with seasonal activities especially in the Tea Kingdom city of Nuwara Eliya where Horse Racing, Flower Shows and competitions, Motor Rallies and much more recreational activities attract many tourists and locals. By the way it is during the middle of this month the Annual Sinhala and Tamil New Year is also celebrated with much fanfare.
In August, although mild rain is expected, the Annual Perehara in Kandy, a procession of costumed elephants, drummers and dancers etc. parade the streets in the night for about 10 days. Thousands flock to see from all over and this is also a popular season for the tourists as they are treated to a world-acclaimed cultural pageantry. The sports competitions such as the Cricket and Rugby do also are dependent on climatic conditions and are held no matter what. Cricket is played during warmer climate and Rugby doesn’t fuss over the wet seasons.
Apart, there are the whale watching and dolphin watching seasons for tourists which can be obtained from the travel operators. These sightings also depend much on the weather patterns since these gentle marine species too move accordingly. Likewise the fishermen are acquainted with the specific species that can be netted during specific seasons. Bird watching and wildlife movements likewise are planned and tracked by the weather patterns. Migrant birds fly into Sri Lanka during wintry days from places like Himalaya and Alaska and Siberia.
This makes Sri Lanka an ideal destination to enjoy any weather anytime as they are always there somewhere in this small landmass in the ocean. The diversity, enable the organisers and itinerary planners to cater to any visitor from anywhere as at any time they could enjoy both extremes of the weather in one visit.
Centre for climate Change Studies, Department of Meteorology,
383, Bauddhaloka Mawatha,
Colombo 07, Sri Lanka.
Telephone : +94 11 2676259
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