Friday, May 9, 2008
weather differences nationwide
Now we are into the second week of May 2008. It rains intermittently almost daily in Godagama. It is the intermonsoonal period. Nuwera Eliya is cold has its usual rainfall. Here in Hingurakgoda, Polonnaruwa it is windy and the start of the windy season that will go on for at least 6 months. Once the rainy season stops the windy season starts. One more day or two or rain is expected when the wind turns, and then it will be bone dry till November. We have to therefore depend completely on irrigation for agriculture pumping water at high cost when one does not have access to water from Tanks as part of the irrigation network.
With the advent of the windy season the number of mosquitoes is less and it is quite pleasant to lie in the shade or under a tree where it is cool. Few people realize this and this is a good time to visit this area to get away from the high humidity heat of Colombo, especially for the Vesak season when it can also rain heavily as in thundershowers when it gets too humid and hot.
I can particularly vouch for this as I do not have electricity to run a fan and I look forward to the windy period as the nights can get cold and a good wrap up is all I need.
Working out doors however on the land can get very oppressively hot and it is advisable to work at dawn before the sun goes up or late in the evening.