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Best time to visit Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

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The best time to visit Anuradhapura is December-February

Based on a number of criteria such as the weather conditions, cost of flights and hotels, peak travel seasons and much more, December-February is the best time to go to Anuradhapura.

During the warmer months, temperatures in Anuradhapura can rise to a maximum of 37℃ (98℉). In the colder months such as January, temperatures usually get down to an average minimum of 21℃ (69℉).

If you’re keen to see the sights of Anuradhapura during the day, the sun stays up the longest around July. October sees the most amount of rain in a month if you’re ok with chancing getting drenched, so if you’re looking to stay dry, visit in June instead.

If you want to learn everything you need to know about the best times to travel to Anuradhapura, the weather and stats by month and so much more, make sure you keep reading. Once you’re ready, we’ve included a bunch of our favourite online booking tools to help you find the best deals on flights, accommodation and anything else you’ll need for your trip. Happy reading!

Warmest month

May

Least rainfall

June

Most daylight

July

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Anuradhapura seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Anuradhapura as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Anuradhapura is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

Season Months
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Anuradhapura

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Anuradhapura for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Anuradhapura climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Anuradhapura for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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DEC

Anuradhapura in January

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (85℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 31mm (1") over 15 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Anuradhapura in January, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Anuradhapura in February

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average high temperature: 32℃ (89℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 34mm (1") over 12 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Anuradhapura in February, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


Anuradhapura in March

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 34℃ (94℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 43mm (2") over 14 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Anuradhapura in March, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


Anuradhapura in April

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average high temperature: 34℃ (94℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 4 days
  • Average rainfall: 104mm (4") over 24 days
4 days
of pure sunshine
24 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Anuradhapura in April, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Anuradhapura in May

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average high temperature: 33℃ (92℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 74mm (3") over 16 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Anuradhapura in May, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Anuradhapura in June

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average high temperature: 33℃ (91℉)
  • Average low temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 15mm (1") over 10 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Anuradhapura in June, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Anuradhapura in July

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 33℃ (91℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 70%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 16mm (1") over 10 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Anuradhapura in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Anuradhapura in August

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 33℃ (91℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 12 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Anuradhapura in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Anuradhapura in September

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 33℃ (91℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 57mm (2") over 14 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Anuradhapura in September, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.

Anuradhapura in October

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average high temperature: 32℃ (89℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 205mm (8") over 23 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
23 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Anuradhapura in October, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Anuradhapura in November

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 3 days
  • Average rainfall: 162mm (6") over 25 days
3 days
of pure sunshine
25 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Anuradhapura in November, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


Anuradhapura in December

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (85℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 107mm (4") over 22 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Anuradhapura in December, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Anuradhapura is usually May, where temperatures tend to rise to around 34℃ (94℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Anuradhapura is generally around June. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in June first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Anuradhapura is generally around October, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of October too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Anuradhapura, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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