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Best time to visit Jaffna, Sri Lanka

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The best time to visit Jaffna is June-August

Based on all the essential things any traveller needs to know about visiting Jaffna such as the cost of travel, weather, peak travel seasons and many more, June-August is the best time of year to go.

In summer, the average maximum temperature is around 31℃ (87℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 33℃ (92℉) on the hottest days of the year. The weather at night in the winter, which is around January-time, can get down to a minimum of 25℃ (76℉).

The longest days between sunrise and sunset in Jaffna are usually in July, so if you want to get the most out of your daytime activities, be sure to plan your visit around this time. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Jaffna in October – It’s the wettest month of the year.

If you want to learn everything you need to know about the best times to travel to Jaffna, 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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Jaffna seasons

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

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

Average temperatures in Jaffna

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 Jaffna 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.

Jaffna 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 Jaffna 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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OCT
NOV
DEC

Jaffna in January

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average low temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 11 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

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


Jaffna in February

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 19mm (1") over 7 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

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


Jaffna in March

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (85℉)
  • Average low temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 13mm (1") over 6 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

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


Jaffna in April

  • Average temperature: 30℃ (85℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 22 days
  • Average rainfall: 20mm (1") over 8 days
22 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

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


Jaffna in May

  • Average temperature: 30℃ (86℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 26mm (1") over 7 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

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


Jaffna in June

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (85℉)
  • Average low temperature: 29℃ (83℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 12mm (0") over 5 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

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


Jaffna in July

  • Average temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 19mm (1") over 9 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

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


Jaffna in August

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 38mm (2") over 12 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

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


Jaffna in September

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 58mm (2") over 16 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

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

Jaffna in October

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 191mm (8") over 23 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
23 days
of showers or rain

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


Jaffna in November

  • Average temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 183mm (7") over 22 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

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


Jaffna in December

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 140mm (6") over 20 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

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


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Jaffna is usually May, where temperatures tend to rise to around 31℃ (87℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Jaffna 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 Jaffna 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 Jaffna, 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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