The best times to visit Kandy for ideal weather are

January 1st to March 25th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.


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Weather in Kandy

Temperature

Average temperatures in Kandy vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for most of the year with a chance of rain throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the 10th 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 Kandy, the hottest months are May, April, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late May where highs are regularly around 89.9°F (32.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 72.2°F (22.3°C) at night.

Kandy Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Kandy 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.

Kandy Perceived Temperature (F)

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Kandy Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Kandy 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

MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
Jan82.573.466.2
Feb85.474.966.4
Mar88.877.368.7
Apr8877.470.8
May86.47871.4
Jun83.576.971.9
Jul8376.671.8
Aug83.676.170.5
Sep83.875.969.9
Oct84.675.669.5
Nov83.574.869.1
Dec81.673.968.5

Show Celsius

MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
Jan28.12319
Feb29.723.819.1
Mar31.625.220.4
Apr31.125.221.6
May30.225.621.9
Jun28.624.922.2
Jul28.324.822.1
Aug28.724.521.4
Sep28.824.421.1
Oct29.224.220.8
Nov28.623.820.6
Dec27.623.320.3


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Kandy are February, March, and then May. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid February. For example, on the week of February 19th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid October with an average of 5 days of significant precipitation the week of October 15th.

When can you find snow in Kandy? 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 Kandy.

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Snow on the Ground

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

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
Jan20%04.6
Feb18%04.3
Mar19%03.5
Apr31%06.9
May19%04.5
Jun35%05
Jul31%04.8
Aug23%03.6
Sep32%04.9
Oct48%015.2
Nov46%011.6
Dec44%012.3

Show Centimeters

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan20011.7
Feb18010.9
Mar1908.9
Apr31017.5
May19011.4
Jun35012.7
Jul31012.2
Aug2309.1
Sep32012.4
Oct48038.6
Nov46029.5
Dec44031.2

 

Humidity and Wind

Kandy has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is March (70.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (83.1%).

Wind in Kandy is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is July, followed by June and September. July’s average wind speed of around 2.5 knots (2.8 MPH or 4.6 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 mid June where average top sustained speeds reach 6 knots, which is considered a light breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Kandy.

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Wind

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

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Max Sustained Wind
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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.

MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
Jan1.2Barely noticeable3.3Barely noticeable
Feb1.5Barely noticeable4Light breeze
Mar1.2Barely noticeable3.5Barely noticeable
Apr0.8Still2.8Barely noticeable
May1.5Barely noticeable4.1Barely noticeable
Jun2.4Barely noticeable5.4Light breeze
Jul2.5Barely noticeable5.1Barely noticeable
Aug1.6Barely noticeable3.9Barely noticeable
Sep1.7Barely noticeable4.3Barely noticeable
Oct1Barely noticeable3Barely noticeable
Nov0.6Still2.6Barely noticeable
Dec1Barely noticeable2.9Barely noticeable

Show Relative Humidity by Month

MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
Jan77%
Feb73%
Mar70.2%
Apr79.1%
May78%
Jun77.6%
Jul75.9%
Aug76.9%
Sep78.3%
Oct80.7%
Nov82.7%
Dec83.1%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Kandy?

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 Kandy, 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 Kandy 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 slightly 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 Kandy Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 89.9°F (32.2°C) and 84.9°F (29.4°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 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 comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 7 to 11 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Kandy, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 85.4°F (29.7°C) and 82.9°F (28.3°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a great amount: 10 to 15 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 Kandy to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 87.1°F (30.6°C) and 80.2°F (26.8°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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