The climate of Maldives
The Maldives consist of more than 1,100 islands and have a tropical
climate with little variation in maximum and minimum temperatures.
During the day it is always pleasantly warm with temperatures around
30 degrees Celsius. During the night temperatures are around 25
degrees Celsius. Because all the islands are situated within a
tropical area humidity figures are always high. However, an ever
blowing trade wind offers some cooling. During fall winds may be
fierce, this is part of the transition from the wet season to the dry
The dry season is from the second part of December till the second
part of April. This is also the best period to go diving. Because of
this it is the tourist high season in the Maldives. Hotels and
airplane tickets are somewhat more expensive during this period.
Especially December is very popular among tourists.
The wet season is from the end of April till the beginning of
December. On average about 200 millimeters of rain can be expected per
month. Despite the rain there is plenty of sunshine during the monsoon
The biggest attractions of the Maldives are the sea, the beaches and
the underwater world. The pleasant temperature of the sea also
contributes to this. With temperatures around 28 degrees Celsius it is
very pleasant to go swimming, snorkeling or diving.
Because the Maldives are situated in the vicinity of the equator
UV-index figures are always extremely high (the highest figure) Most
people will get sunburned when they go swimming or sunbathing
unprotected. Even when the skies are overcast it is very important to
apply and re-apply sunscreen with a high protective factor. If you go
snorkeling you’d best wear an (old) T-shirt.
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate
records. They are an average for the Maldives. Local deviations may
occur. However, these deviations will be small because the Maldives
have a fairly constant climate.
More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of
the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time.
How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can
often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate
information per month.
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