Climate & Seasons
Sri Lanka Lies between 6 - 10 of North Latitude and Between
80 - 82 of East Longitude. It has a Maximum Length of 432
km (Devundara to Point Peduru) and Maximum Breadth 224 km
(Colombo - Sangamankanda) . The Land Area is 65,525 Sq. km.
The Area Excluding the Inland Water 62,336 Sq. km. The hills
appear in the center and the south of Center. Sri Lanka is
generally a warm country.
Sri Lanka has no marked seasons. A
special feature is that the hot and humid lowlands and the
salubrious hill country are separated by a few hours motoring.
Average mean temperature along the coast is 26.7 C (80 F)
and 19.7 C (66.50 F) in the hill country. In Colombo, the
commercial capital, situated on the west coast, the temperature
varies from 26.4 C (79.5 F) to 27.8 C (82.12 F). Relative
Humidity varies from 70% during the day to 90% at night. In
the lowlands the climate is typically tropical with an average
temperature of 27ºC in Colombo.
In the higher elevations it can be quite cool with temperatures
going down to 16ºC at an altitude of nearly 2,000 meters.
Bright, sunny warm days are the rule and are common even during
the height of the monsoon - climatically Sri Lanka has no
off season. The south west monsoon brings rain mainly from
May to July to the western, southern and central regions of
the island, while the north-east monsoon rains occur in the
northern and eastern regions in December and January.