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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 season.


Dry season
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.

Wet season
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 period.

Sea water
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.


Climate figures
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.

temperature (°C)


temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 29 25 8 5 27
February 30 26 9 4 28
March 31 26 9 7 28
April 32 27 8 8 29
May 31 27 8 12 29
June 31 27 7 10 29
July 31 26 7 10 29
August 30 26 7 12 29
September 30 26 7 12 29
October 30 26 7 15 29
November 29 25 8 12 29
December 29 25 8 11 28
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

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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(very) cool
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chance of
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sunny days


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