It is always hot and sunny somewhere in the world, and Jaffna in the North of Sri Lanka experiences warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine when the sun is overhead during the months of April and May, and August and September.
The Jaffna district with its average temperature of 28 – 33 ◦C has a climate which is similar to that of the country’s Dry Zone. During the South West monsoon which affects the southern and western regions of the island, the temperatures in the North rise because of the dryness experienced in the area. The flat terrain of the land affects the rainfall to the region, making the climate hot and humid. The peninsula receives most of its rainfall from the North East monsoon during the months of October to January, and the coolest period and best time to visit is from December to January. The beaches are a popular attraction for sea bathers during the warm season when the seas are safe for bathing. The Casuarina beach at Karainagar with its shallow waters and gentle waves is one of Jaffna’s best known bathing spots, while the lagoon is ideal for water based activities like wind surfing, canoeing and kayaking.