Sri Lanka weather & when to go: November
November is a transitional month as the south-west monsoon blows out and the northeast monsoon continues. Rain and storms can be experienced across Sri Lanka with higher rainfall in the north and east coast and at the Cultural Triangle, although touring is still an option. Weather conditions improve in the south and west as the month goes on, and by the end of the month the southern and western beaches will experience plenty of sunshine.
November's weather in detail
In the west and along Sri Lanka's southern coast, the rainfall starts to decline as the south-west monsoon blows itself out. The unsettled weather of the past two months also fades and plenty of sunshine is expected (avg temp: 29 °C). Good beach conditions return, especially towards the end of the month.
Up in the hills the rainfall remains high and the evenings continue to be chilly. Further north in the Cultural Triangle, the temperature drops slightly and rainfall is high, although travel amongst all the main sites is still very possible (avg temp: 27 °C).
In the north and along the east coast, rainfall is also on the increase, making November one of the wettest months of the year country-wide, although conditions definitely start to improve during the second half of the month.
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