Weather in Sri Lanka in February

Palm-fringed beaches, crystal-clear waters, warm temperatures and clear skies — January is the peak of the tourist season in Sri Lanka for a reason. Whether you're seeking relaxation on the beach or adventure in the wilderness, this island country is absolutely ideal in during this month. Here’s our guide to the weather in Sri Lanka in February.


What is the weather like in Sri Lanka in February?

Across the majority of Sri Lanka, February brings clear skies and minimal rainfall, perfect for exploring outside. However, it's worth noting that some areas in the northern and eastern regions may experience occasional showers due to the tail end of the northeast monsoon. Despite this, the rainfall is typically light and shouldn't put a damper on your plans.

February is when the high tourist season in Sri Lanka starts to wind down. While visitor numbers may taper off slightly compared to previous months, it is still a popular time to visit. The dry weather and pleasant temperatures draw travelers eager to explore the country's cultural landmarks, pristine beaches, and natural marvels without the threat of heavy downpours.

On average, Sri Lanka receives around 50-100mm of rainfall in February, primarily in the northern and eastern areas. However, these amounts are generally low and shouldn't disrupt your travel plans. Expect mostly sunny days, perfect for activities like hiking, wildlife safaris, and lazy days at the beach.

Overall, February is an excellent time to experience Sri Lanka. 

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The weather in Sri Lanka in February is great for exploring towns like Ella  © Shutterstock

Temperatures in Sri Lanka in February

In February, Sri Lanka stays warm throughout, with just a tad of a temperature difference between the north and south. Rain might pop up, but usually, it won’t throw off your travel plans too much.

North Sri Lanka

February maintains warm temperatures in North Sri Lanka (cities like Jaffna ), with an average high of approximately 31°C (88°F) and an average low of around 22°C (72°F). Rainfall remains minimal, characterized by sporadic short showers. The region's proximity to the equator ensures relatively stable temperatures throughout the year.

Southwest Sri Lanka

February brings slightly cooler temperatures to Southwest Sri Lanka (cities like Colombo and Galle) compared to the north. The average high temperature is about 29°C (84°F), while the average low hovers around 23°C (73°F). Rainfall in this region continues to be moderate, with occasional heavy showers. 

Southeast Sri Lanka

Similar to the southwest, Southeast Sri Lanka (cities like Batticaloa and Trincomalee) experiences warm temperatures in February. The average high temperature remains around 29°C (84°F), with lows averaging about 24°C (75°F). Rainfall in this region remains relatively low, with occasional light showers. 

Learn more and compare the weather in different months with our guide to the weather in Sri Lanka.

Lord Ganesh Temple at Sella kataragama Sri Lanka © Lihil Sankalpa/Shutterstock

Lord Ganesh Temple at Sella kataragama Sri Lanka © Lihil Sankalpa/Shutterstock

Is February a good time to visit Sri Lanka?

Yes, February is a fantastic time to visit this stunning island nation. During this month you can expect sunny skies, gentle breezes, and temperatures hovering between a comfy 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F). 

This is a great month for sightseeing, hanging at the beach, or finding wildlife in national parks. On top of that, the longer daylight hours provide ample time for you to make the most of your trip.

February marks the shift from the northeast monsoon season to the dry season, which generally means less rain and more sunny days. There might be the occasional shower here and there, but this is still a great time to visit Sri Lanka.

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What about crowds and costs?

February is in the high tourist season in Sri Lanka. That means you can count on encountering crowds at all the popular spots and attractions. But fear not, the weather remains delightful, with plenty of sunshine and minimal rainfall, making it a prime time for sun-seeking travelers.

However, the downside of all that tourist hustle and bustle is higher prices. Be prepared to pay a bit more for accommodation, tours, and getting around during this peak period.

Despite the higher costs and crowds, February showers you with opportunities for outdoor adventures like beach bumming, wildlife safaris, and soaking in the rich cultural sights across the island. The pleasant weather practically begs you to get out there and explore.

if you're on the hunt for a similar climate but with potentially fewer crowds and slightly lower prices, you might want to consider January or March. For the real budget-savvy traveler willing to brave sporadic showers, the low season from May to September may be more appealing. 

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View on Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque or Red Masjid Mosque is a historic mosque in Colombo, Sri Lanka © streetflash/Shutterstock

Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque in Colombo, Sri Lanka © streetflash/Shutterstock

Festivals and events in Sri Lanka in February

As you prepare for your trip to Sri Lanka, check out if any of the country's fantastic festivals and events align with your visit. Ensure you book your accommodation early to secure the best options. Looking for more ideas for your Sri Lankan adventure? Take a look at our top recommendations for the best things to do in the country. 

Navam Perahera

This grand Buddhist procession takes place during the Navam Full Moon Poya Day in Colombo. Adorned elephants, traditional dancers, and drummers parade through the streets, creating a vibrant spectacle. 

During this festival, you can witness age-old rituals, and colorful pageantry, and immerse yourself in the spiritual ambiance of Buddhism. Due to its popularity, it's advisable to book accommodation and transportation in advance to secure the best vantage points for viewing.

Independence Day

Celebrated on February 4th, Sri Lanka's Independence Day commemorates the country's freedom from colonial rule. Festivities include cultural performances, flag-hoisting ceremonies, and parades showcasing Sri Lanka's diverse heritage. Travelers can experience the patriotic fervor, witness the national pride, and join in the celebrations across the country. 

Maha Sivarathri

Observed by the Hindu community, Maha Sivarathri is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is celebrated with fasting, prayers, and night-long vigils. During this time you can visit prominent Hindu temples like the Koneswaram Temple in Trincomalee or the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil in Jaffna to witness special ceremonies and religious rituals. The vibrant atmosphere, illuminated temples, and devotional fervor make this festival a memorable experience for travelers.

Looking for even more options for your winter getaway? Explore our guide to the best places for a February holiday.

Nilaveli beach in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka © Shutterstock

The weather in Sri Lanka in February is great for exploring Nilaveli Beach © Shutterstock

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Visit Sri Lanka in other months

Planning your trip to Sri Lanka? See what the weather is like in Sri Lanka in other months: 

  • January: Bask in the warm rays of the Sri Lankan sun amidst moderate crowds, perfect for immersing yourself in the vibrant culture and stunning beaches.
  • March: As the temperature rises, so does the allure of Sri Lanka's attractions, with moderate crowds offering a perfect blend of excitement and tranquility.
  • April: Embrace the tranquility of Sri Lanka's off-peak season as occasional rain showers create a lush, green landscape amidst fewer tourists.
  • May: Delve into the heart of Sri Lanka's natural beauty amidst the monsoon rains, where reduced crowds provide an intimate setting for exploration.
  • June: Find solace amid the monsoon season's downpours, as the fewer crowds allow for quiet reflection and authentic encounters.
  • July: Discover the hidden gems of Sri Lanka as intermittent rain showers give way to pockets of sunshine, offering a unique experience away from the crowds.
  • August: Revel in the post-monsoon tranquility of Sri Lanka's landscapes, where occasional showers provide a refreshing backdrop to your adventures amidst dwindling crowds.
  • September: Enjoy the serenity of Sri Lanka's clear skies and diminishing crowds, allowing for a deeper connection with the island's natural wonders.
  • October: Explore Sri Lanka's diverse landscapes amidst comfortable temperatures and moderate crowds, creating the perfect balance of exploration and relaxation.
  • November:  Immerse yourself in Sri Lanka's rich heritage and breathtaking scenery amidst warm temperatures and moderate crowds, ideal for unforgettable experiences.
  • December:  Join in the festive spirit of Sri Lanka's holiday season amidst sunny skies and bustling crowds, where every moment is filled with joy and celebration.

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updated 06.06.2024

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