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Ihuru Island, Maldives
Ihuru Island, Maldives – Image courtesy of Angsana Resort

Best time to visit the Maldives


The best time to visit the Maldives is from January through March during the dry northeast monsoon from late-November to early-April, when it’s mainly sunny and dry with daytime temperatures around 28°C (82°F).

The wet southwest monsoon, from mid-April to the end of October, brings strong winds, rain and high humidity, particularly from June to September. The southern islands generally receive more rainfall than the northern islands due to the direction of the monsoon winds.

The Maldives has a hot tropical climate with cooling daytime sea breezes. Daytime temperatures average 30°C (86°F) year-round with a low of 25°C (77°F).
 

Maldives Weather Guide

Average Temperature (°C) 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 28 27
Average High Temperature (°C) 30 30 31 31 31 30 30 30 30 30 30 29
Average Low Temperature (°C) 25 26 26 26 26 26 26 25 25 25 25 25
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 8 9 9 8 7 7 7 7 7 8 8 7
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 12 12 12 13 13 13 13 13 12 12 12 12
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Average Relative Humidity (%) 78 77 77 78 80 81 80 80 81 82 82 81
UV Index 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11
Days with some Rain 5 4 6 9 14 13 12 13 16 15 14 11
Average Monthly Rainfall (mm) 75 50 73 132 216 172 147 188 243 222 201 231
Sea Temperature (°C) 28 28 29 29 30 30 29 29 29 28 29 28
(Male, Maldives) J F M A M J J A S O N D
 

Seasons


High season:

Mid-December to early January, Easter and August attract top prices at most resorts.

Low season:

May to November (excluding August)

For activities:

While diving is good year-round, visibility is better on the western side of any atoll from May to November and from the eastern side of any atoll from December to April. The surfing season runs from March to October.
 

Maldives Monthly Weather Review

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Latest update for this beach holiday destination: 21 November, 2014
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