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Sri Lanka weather & when to go: June

Sri Lanka June weather overview

The focus is now on the fantastic weather in the north and east of the island with dry and bright weather expected as beach lovers turn their attention to the east coast beaches such as Trincomalee and Passekudah. Further north in the Cultural Triangle, temperatures remain high and rainfall is at a minimum (avg temp: 32 °C). Hot and dry winds sweep over the flat plains at times.

The south-west and southern coastal areas of the island, as well as the Tea Country, remain under the influence of the summer monsoon, although it is not unusual to go a number of days without rain. Beach days remain a possibility (although the higher sea levels should be considered in some areas). 

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June’s weather in detail

Despite the monsoon, it is not unusual to go a number of days without any rain or just the odd tropical downpour in the afternoons, making beach days still very much a possibility during June (although the higher sea levels should be considered in some areas). The central and northern sections of the west coast - such as Kalpitiya - are typically still enjoying dry weather although the high winds make it a popular time for kite-surfing and not idyllic sunbathing conditions.

Temperatures remain high along the coast (avg temp: 28 °C), whilst it can be chilly up in the hills, especially at night. Swimming in the sea on the south and south-west coast during June is often not recommended. Many hotels will have their red flags out to indicate that sea bathing can be dangerous. Having said that, June is generally a month with good weather and water sports and outdoor activities are OK.

It’s a different story in the north and along the east coast, with dry and bright weather expected as beach lovers turn their attention to the east coast beaches. Further north in the Cultural Triangle, temperatures remain high and rainfall is at a minimum (avg temp: 32 °C). 

The best of Sri Lanka’s beaches in June:

The south-west (the section south of Negombo & Colombo) and the entire south coast: Monsoon season.

The entire east coast: Peak season.

The central and northern section of the west coast (from Negombo northwards): Peak season (sunshine expected but with high winds and sea’s).

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