The best times to visit Anuradhapura for ideal weather are
May 28th to September 9th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Anuradhapura Travel Guide
Other Anuradhapura Travel Info
Weather in Anuradhapura
Average temperatures in Anuradhapura vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 17th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Anuradhapura, the hottest months are May, June, and then July. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late May where highs are regularly around 95.5°F (35.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 78.7°F (25.9°C) at night.
Anuradhapura Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Anuradhapura Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Anuradhapura Perceived Temperature (F)
Anuradhapura Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Anuradhapura Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Anuradhapura are June, July, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late May. For example, on the week of May 21st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late October to early November with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of October 29th.
When can you find snow in Anuradhapura? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Anuradhapura.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Anuradhapura (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Anuradhapura has some extremely humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is July (66.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (83.1%).
Wind in Anuradhapura is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is June, followed by July and August. June’s average wind speed of around 3.5 knots (4 MPH or 6.4 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid June where average top sustained speeds reach 5.9 knots, which is considered a light breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Anuradhapura.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||1.1||Barely noticeable||2.7||Barely noticeable|
|Feb||1||Barely noticeable||2.7||Barely noticeable|
|Mar||1||Barely noticeable||2.4||Barely noticeable|
|Apr||1||Barely noticeable||2.5||Barely noticeable|
|May||2.8||Barely noticeable||4.9||Barely noticeable|
|Jun||3.5||Barely noticeable||5.5||Light breeze|
|Jul||3.3||Barely noticeable||5.2||Barely noticeable|
|Aug||2.8||Barely noticeable||4.8||Light breeze|
|Sep||2.6||Barely noticeable||4.6||Barely noticeable|
|Oct||1.2||Barely noticeable||2.9||Barely noticeable|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Anuradhapura?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for Sri Lanka; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 25, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka is July, followed by August and January. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Anuradhapura in March. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Anuradhapura Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 95.5°F (35.3°C) and 90.7°F (32.6°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 3 to 9 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the least precipitation with 1 to 2 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Anuradhapura, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 93.8°F (34.3°C) and 86°F (30°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 14 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Anuradhapura to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 90.7°F (32.6°C) and 83.6°F (28.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 14 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.