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Maldives climate: when to go to the Maldives

The Maldives are located near the equator, and thus have a climate with stable temperatures throughout the year, while the seasons are marked by changes in the amount of rain that falls.

The climate of the islands is dominated by two distinct seasons: a relatively dry season and a rainy monsoon season which brings strong winds and heavy rain storms. The rainy season in the Maldives is brought by the south-west monsoon, it  begins in late April and lasts until the end of October. The relatively dry season comes at the north-east monsoon, and generally begins in early December and ends in late March.

The rainy season, regulated by the monsoons, is between May and October, while the relatively dry season is between December and April, the average amount of annual rainfall varies between 1,900 mm and 2,500 mm in the northern part of the archipelago, and between 3,000 and 3,800 mm in the southern part of the archipelago.

The average maximum temperatures remain stable between 30 ° C and 31 ° C , the air is generally humid, but the constant sea breeze makes the heat less oppressive, even the average minimum temperatures vary little during the year and remain stable between 25 ° C and 27 ° C. Stable is also the temperature of the sea water that varies throughout the year between 27 ° C and 29 ° C.

WHEN TO GO TO THE MALDIVES

The best time for a trip to the Maldives are the months between December and April.

MALDIVES CLIMATIC TABLES

MALÉ (MALDIVES) (2 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 25,7 30,3 114,2  6
February 25,9 30,7 38,1  3
March 26,4 31,4 73,9  5
April 26,8 31,6 122,5  9
May 26,3 31,2 218,9  15
June 26,0 30,6 167,3  13
July 25,8 30,5 149,9  12
August 25,5 30,4 175,5  13
September 25,3 30,2 199,0  15
October 25,4 30,2 194,2  15
November 25,2 30,1 231,1  13
December 25,4 30,1 216,8  12
YEAR 25,8 30,6 1901,4  131

MALÉ (MALDIVES)
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 27
February 27
March 28
April 29
May 29
June 28
July 28
August 27
September 27
October 28
November 28
December 27

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