Colombo Weather January Averages, Sri Lanka
What's the weather like in Colombo in January
Colombo is the ideal location for anyone looking for a winter sun getaway. While Birtain languishes in the cold at this time of the year, Colombo is in the midst of its prime tourism season. At this time of the year, the weather is hot and sunny throughout.
Humidity can be high, but not to the point of making the heat uncomfortable.
Though Colombo sees little variation in seasons, with consistently hot weather throughout the year, the amount of wet weather varies dramatically.
January is outside of the monsoon season, so you don't have to worry about wet weather putting a damper on your break.
For winter sun, Colombo is the place to be. There is an average of 8 hours of sunshine each day in Colombo
The average daily temperature for this month in Colombo is 27°C (81°F) which can reach highs of 31°C (88°F) or drop to 22°C (72°F). The average temperature of the sea is 28°C (82°F). The average amount of rainfall seen is 62 mm.
Things to do in Colombo in January
Colombo is a city steeped in history, with a rich heritage on display. At least a day of your holiday should be spent sight seeing. There are plenty of important sites to investigate, including the President's House and Old Parliament building. Evidence of its colonial rule is apparent throughout the city.
Generally, there are festivals all year round in Colombo, but in January, tourists can look forward to the Duruthu Perahera Festival. This is held annually at the Kelaniya temple to celebrate the Buddha's first visit to the island nation.
The festival, which was first held in 1927, involves three main processions that march around the capital city and features a number of dancers, actors, elephant acts and carnival acts. Most of the devotees are dressed in white for the festival.
The Colombo museum is a must see tourist attraction.
It was built in 1877 and houses a number of the country's historical treasures. Anyone wishing to know more about the Island's culture will find a lot of information documenting important historical events.
However, the Museum is not open on Fridays. This is to honor the constructor's wish that the museum remain closed every Friday avoid distracting Colombo's Muslim community from their prayers.
Tourists should also visit the Dehiwala Zoo. It was started as a private business in the mid-1920s, but was later acquired by the government. The zoological garden is home to a number of endangered species. However, the main attraction is the evening elephant show, which is held daily. The show begins at around five.