The best times to visit Jaffna for ideal weather are
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Jaffna Travel Guide
Weather in Jaffna
Average temperatures in Jaffna vary very little and are too warm to be considered temperate for most. The area is in the bottom 1 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Jaffna, the hottest months are April, June, and then May. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early April where highs are regularly around 93.7°F (34.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 79.2°F (26.2°C) at night.
Jaffna Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Jaffna 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.
Jaffna Perceived Temperature (F)
Jaffna Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Jaffna 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)|
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 Jaffna.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Jaffna (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
Jaffna has slightly high to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is March (63.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (78.7%).
Wind in Jaffna is usually calm. The windiest month is September, followed by December and June. September’s average wind speed of around 5.2 knots (6 MPH or 9.6 KPH) is considered “light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late May where average top sustained speeds reach 9.7 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Jaffna.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Meaning (Beaufort)||Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind||Meaning (Beufort)|
|Jan||4.7||a light breeze||7.1||a gentle breeze|
|Feb||4.4||a light breeze||6.6||a light breeze|
|Mar||4.3||a light breeze||6.7||a gentle breeze|
|Apr||3.3||light air||5.4||a light breeze|
|May||3.8||light air||7.2||a gentle breeze|
|Jun||4.8||a light breeze||8.1||a gentle breeze|
|Jul||4.2||a light breeze||7.3||a gentle breeze|
|Aug||4.6||a light breeze||7.4||a gentle breeze|
|Sep||5.2||a light breeze||7.1||a gentle breeze|
|Oct||4.2||a light breeze||6.2||a light breeze|
|Nov||3.8||light air||6.2||a gentle breeze|
|Dec||4.8||a light breeze||7||a gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Jaffna?
As of 6/20/2017 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.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Jaffna, Sri Lanka is August, followed by January and February. 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 Jaffna in May. 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 Jaffna Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very warm. Highs range from 93.7°F (34.3°C) and 89°F (31.7°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. 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 hot weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Jaffna, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 89.9°F (32.2°C) and 83.8°F (28.8°C), which will feel warmer than comfortable given the humidity and wind. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Jaffna to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 87.9°F (31.1°C) and 82.9°F (28.3°C). These times of year are busy with tourists.