The best times to visit Nuwara Eliya for ideal weather are
July 9th to September 23rd
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Nuwara Eliya Travel Guide
Weather in Nuwara Eliya
Average temperatures in Nuwara Eliya vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 69th 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 Nuwara Eliya, the hottest months are May, April, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late May where highs are regularly around 72.3°F (22.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 57.2°F (14°C) at night.
Nuwara Eliya Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Nuwara Eliya 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.
Nuwara Eliya Perceived Temperature (F)
Nuwara Eliya Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Nuwara Eliya 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 Nuwara Eliya are February, March, and then January. 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 4 days of significant precipitation the week of October 15th.
When can you find snow in Nuwara Eliya? 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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Nuwara Eliya.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Nuwara Eliya (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
Nuwara Eliya has some extremely humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is March (67.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (85.1%).
Wind in Nuwara Eliya is usually calm. The windiest month is June, followed by July and August. June’s average wind speed of around 8.7 knots (10.1 MPH or 16.2 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” 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 14.9 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Nuwara Eliya.
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||2.9||Barely noticeable||6.1||Light breeze|
|Feb||2.7||Barely noticeable||6.1||Light breeze|
|Mar||2.5||Barely noticeable||5.4||Light breeze|
|Apr||1.7||Barely noticeable||4.4||Light breeze|
|May||3.2||Barely noticeable||5.8||Light breeze|
|Jun||8.7||Gentle breeze||12.5||Significant breeze|
|Jul||8.6||Gentle breeze||12.7||Light breeze|
|Aug||6.1||Light breeze||9.4||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||5.6||Light breeze||8.7||Light breeze|
|Oct||3||Barely noticeable||5.9||Light breeze|
|Nov||2.4||Barely noticeable||5.2||Light breeze|
|Dec||3.1||Barely noticeable||6.2||Light breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Nuwara Eliya?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Mar 17, 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 Dec 31, 2018.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Nuwara Eliya, 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 Nuwara Eliya 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 Nuwara Eliya Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 72.3°F (22.4°C) and 69.4°F (20.8°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 10 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 comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 9 to 11 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Nuwara Eliya, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 69.7°F (20.9°C) and 66.4°F (19.1°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a great amount: 12 to 16 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 somewhat cool this time of year in Nuwara Eliya to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 70.8°F (21.6°C) and 65°F (18.3°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.