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.

 

 


Other Anuradhapura Travel Info

Weather in Anuradhapura

Temperature

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)

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Anuradhapura Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

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)

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Anuradhapura Perceived Temperature (C)

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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.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 85.9 77.4 71.4
Feb 88.7 78.9 72
Mar 93.5 82.3 74.5
Apr 94 83.1 76.1
May 92.8 83.9 78
Jun 92.6 83.6 78
Jul 93 83.3 77.5
Aug 93.1 83 76.9
Sep 93 82.9 76.6
Oct 91.3 81.1 75.2
Nov 87.4 79.1 73.8
Dec 85 77.8 73.1

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 29.9 25.2 21.9
Feb 31.5 26.1 22.2
Mar 34.2 27.9 23.6
Apr 34.4 28.4 24.5
May 33.8 28.8 25.6
Jun 33.7 28.7 25.6
Jul 33.9 28.5 25.3
Aug 33.9 28.3 24.9
Sep 33.9 28.3 24.8
Oct 32.9 27.3 24
Nov 30.8 26.2 23.2
Dec 29.4 25.4 22.8

 


 

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.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Anuradhapura (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 17% 0 4.5
Feb 17% 0 3.4
Mar 16% 0 3.2
Apr 30% 0 8
May 10% 0 3
Jun 2% 0 0.2
Jul 3% 0 0.4
Aug 5% 0 1.7
Sep 12% 0 3.2
Oct 34% 0 11.3
Nov 46% 0 11.8
Dec 44% 0 14.5

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 17 0 11.4
Feb 17 0 8.6
Mar 16 0 8.1
Apr 30 0 20.3
May 10 0 7.6
Jun 2 0 0.5
Jul 3 0 1
Aug 5 0 4.3
Sep 12 0 8.1
Oct 34 0 28.7
Nov 46 0 30
Dec 44 0 36.8

 

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.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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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
Nov 0.6 Still 2 Barely noticeable
Dec 0.9 Still 2.3 Barely noticeable

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 77.2%
Feb 73.9%
Mar 67.8%
Apr 72.3%
May 72.5%
Jun 69%
Jul 66.7%
Aug 66.9%
Sep 67.8%
Oct 75%
Nov 81.7%
Dec 83.1%

 

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

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 81.4 in March means 81.4% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

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.

 

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