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Sri Lanka weather & when to go: October

Sri Lanka October weather overview

October is a month of change across Sri Lanka: as the south-west monsoon starts to fade into the background, especially towards the end of the month, the north-east monsoon blows in. Sporadic rainfall should be expected throughout the country at this time of year. 

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October’s weather in detail

Rainfall remains high on Sri Lanka's southern & western coast during October, with temperatures below their annual peak but by no means chilly! (avg temp: 28 °C). As per previous months, swimming in the sea is not recommended. 

Things are also changing in Sri Lanka's north and along the east coast, with the arrival of the north-eastern monsoon. Rainfall starts to increase and the blue skies of the past few months will start to turn to grey. 

Rainfall is also high in the Tea Country, although hot, dry weather is expected further north in the Cultural Triangle with rainfall only likely to become a feature towards the end of the month.

Across the country cyclones can occur, bringing with them heavy rain and high winds, making October one of the wettest months of the year in Sri Lanka.

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