Sri Lanka Weather in January

The weather in Sri Lanka in January is generally fine across the country. Though it is in the rainy season affected by the north-east monsoon, the climate in northeastern areas is hot and dry, and the southwestern areas see the minimal rainfall. This month is one of the best time to visit Sri Lanka. People can choose the cultural relics or beautiful natural scenery.
The hottest cities in Sri Lanka in January:
Colombo: 31℃(87.8℉)
The coolest cities in Sri Lanka in January:
Nuwaea Eliya: 9℃(48.2℉)

Averages for Sri Lanka Weather in January

High Temperature
28°C (82.4°F)
Low Temperature
21°C (69.8°F)
95 mm (3.7 in)
06:22 ~ 06:29
18:06 ~ 18:19

January Temperatures in Sri Lanka

What to Wear
If you travel to Sri Lanka in this month, you should pack some thin and breathable clothes like t-shirts, shorts and dress. If you go to beaches, protect yourself from the bright sunshine.

January Travel Guide – Where to Go & Tips
Tourism Rate: 


Sigiriya is famed for the Sigiriya Lion Rock, a real palace built on the orange-red rock. It was listed as a cultural UNESCO World Heritage and known as the “eighth wonder of the World”. People can appreciate the marvelous paintings carved on the rock. You can also climb to the peak of the Lion Rock to enjoy the sunrise and sunset.


This ancient city is famous for its diverse cave temples and stupa. The Dambulla Cave Temple is the biggest cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. It is decorated with fascinating murals and sculpted statues, and it displays many precious Buddha statues and religious works, which are well preserved.


It is the most typical ancient city that can represents Sri Lanka culture. People can visit the temple of the tooth relic to appreciate the glory of this country’s religion and carving art. You can also visit the magnificent Peradeniya Botanical Garden featuring more than 4,000 species of flora.


It is the biggest city and commercial center of Sri Lanka. As a typical coastal city in Southeast Asia, people can both enjoy the cultural highlights and charming coastal scenery. You can go to the Colombo National Museum, which collects many kinds of cultural relics from all historical periods. Galle Face Green is an interesting place to go. It is a coastal avenue where you can appreciate the beautiful sunset and enjoy the night market atmosphere.

Yala National Park:

Located in the southeast area of Sri Lanka, it is the second largest national safari park featuring a variety of ecological environments and numerous wild animals.

January Weather of Major Sri Lanka Cities
Temperature Sunrise / Sunset Humidity
High Low
34°C/ 93.2°F 23°C / 73.4°F 07:25/ 17:32 44
33°C / 91.4°F 23°C / 73.4°F 07:20/ 18:07 84
33°C / 91.4°F 22°C / 71.6°F 07:56/ 18:38 79
30°C / 86°F 15°C / 59°F 07:45/ 18:30 83
29°C / 84.2°F 14°C / 57.2°F 07:08/ 18:13 72
33°C / 91.4°F 23°C / 73.4°F 07:23/ 18:22 73
31°C / 87.8°F
23°C / 73.4°F 07:41/ 18:34 79
30°C / 86°F 22°C / 71.6°F 06:51/ 17:35 75
30°C / 86°F 17°C / 62.6°F 06:58/ 16:36 72
29°C / 84.2°F   24°C / 75.2°F 07:44/ 17:48 57
Nuwara Eliya
30°C / 86°F 15°C / 59°F 07:03/ 18:11 74
Sri Jayewardenepura-Kotte
31°C / 87.8°F
23°C / 73.4°F
07:03/ 18:11
29°C / 84.2°F 
24°C / 75.2°F
07:03/ 18:11