The best times to visit Ratnapura for ideal weather are
January 8th to February 4th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Ratnapura Travel Guide
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Weather in Ratnapura
Average temperatures in Ratnapura vary barely at all. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a chance of rain throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the 2nd 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 Ratnapura, the hottest months are May, March, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid May where highs are regularly around 93.6°F (34.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 75.4°F (24.1°C) at night.
Ratnapura Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Ratnapura 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.
Ratnapura Perceived Temperature (F)
Ratnapura Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Ratnapura 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 Ratnapura are January, February, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late January. For example, on the week of January 22nd there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early June with an average of 5 days of significant precipitation the week of June 4th.
When can you find snow in Ratnapura? 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 Ratnapura.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Ratnapura (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
Ratnapura has some extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is February (74.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (84.3%).
Wind in Ratnapura is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is July, followed by June and August. 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 early June where average top sustained speeds reach 6.3 knots, which is considered a light breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Ratnapura.
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||3.8||Barely noticeable|
|Feb||1.1||Barely noticeable||3.8||Barely noticeable|
|Mar||1.2||Barely noticeable||3.7||Barely noticeable|
|Apr||1.2||Barely noticeable||3.8||Barely noticeable|
|May||1.4||Barely noticeable||4||Barely noticeable|
|Jun||2.4||Barely noticeable||5.4||Light breeze|
|Jul||2.5||Barely noticeable||5.3||Barely noticeable|
|Aug||2||Barely noticeable||4.7||Light breeze|
|Sep||1.6||Barely noticeable||4.6||Barely noticeable|
|Oct||1.3||Barely noticeable||4.1||Light breeze|
|Nov||1||Barely noticeable||3.6||Barely noticeable|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Ratnapura?
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 Ratnapura, Sri Lanka is December, followed by October and August. 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 Ratnapura in June. 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 Ratnapura Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 93.6°F (34.2°C) and 87.9°F (31.1°C) with similar temperatures in the later months. Rain is frequent with 10 to 17 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 moderate precipitation with 15 to 18 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Ratnapura, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 89.8°F (32.1°C) and 87.1°F (30.6°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a great amount: 15 to 18 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in Ratnapura to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 93.3°F (34.1°C) and 86.5°F (30.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 12 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.