Colombo Weather December Averages, Sri Lanka
What's the weather like in Colombo in December
When it comes to discussing winter sun getaways, Colombo should be high on anyone's list and the winter is the time to visit.
Outside of the summer monsoon season, the area enjoys nothing but high temperatures- usually hovering around 30 degrees- and hours of sun every day. Humidity can be high but not to the point of becoming uncomfortable.
Most importantly, the heavy rainfall that is seen during the monsoon period is notably absent, making December one of the best months of the year to visit.
A holiday to Colombo at this time of the year will ensure you escape Britain's cold climate and enjoy some serious winter sun. What better place to enjoy your Christmas break.
The average temperature of the sea is 28°C (83°F).
The average amount of rainfall seen is 168 mm.
There is an average of 7 hours of sunshine each day in Colombo.
Things to do in Colombo in December
If you're not quite up to date with your Christmas shopping at this time of the year, Colombo is a great place to find yourself. Why not take a day to examine the local markets? Rich in local gifts, goods and souvenirs as well as any other product you may have your heart set on, not only will this give you the chance to barter with traders to bag a bargain, but it will give you an insight into the culture. Really, any excuse to go shopping.
Although only seven percent of the population is Christian, Sri Lankans still celebrate Christmas. This may be because the Island receives quite a number of tourists who are of the Christian faith. Whatever the case, most malls begin preparations for the Christmas celebrations as early as December 1st. One will also here a number of radio stations play Christmas carols during the month.
Christians wishing to visit the city over Christmas will be delighted to find out that mass is carried out in most of the churches and Christian schools on Christmas Eve and on Christmas.
In December, tourists will also be looking forward to the Sri Pada pilgrimage, also called Adam's peak. This pilgrimage is attended by members of all faiths as it holds different importance to different faiths.
Some members of the Christian community believe that this is where Adam first stepped after he and eve were banished from the Garden of Eden.
The Buddhists, however, believe that the Buddha left an imprint of left foot on his way to Thailand.
Whichever story is true, thousands of people make the pilgrimage every year.