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19 Dec 2019, 10:35  

Hi What is the weather like in Sri Lanka in May, is there much rainfall?

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Erik RivieraTravel
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24 Dec 2019, 10:30  

Dear Traceyb,

Despite being quite a small island rainfall in Sri Lanka varies quite a lot from area to area as it is subject to two monsoon systems that come from different directions. Therefore May is one of the wetter months in the southwest, around Colombo and Galle, whereas in Yala on the southeast May is a drier month (which makes animal spotting on safari easier). In Kandy and Dambulla May are average or slightly drier months (rainfall is more even throughout the year in Kandy as it is at a higher elevation).

I realise that is not a cut and dry answer (pun intended) but shows that the picture is quite variable across the country at every time of the year.

Best regards,


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