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What is the weather like in the Maldives?

Located near the equator, the Maldives enjoy a tropical climate that is hot and humid all year. With distinct wet and dry seasons. Between December and April, rainfall amounts are at their lowest, accompanied by the longest hours of sunshine.

Here is a month by month overview of the weather in Maldives.

The weather in the Maldives


January is the most popular time to visit the Maldives. Because of the lovely weather and temperatures of 28 – 30°C. and an average of 75mm of rain. The weather doesn’t feel too hot or cold. Scuba diving in Maldives, snorkeling, and other water sports are all popular in January.

In January, it doesn’t rain on more than four/ five days. The sun provides you with over 9 hours of light, which is more than enough to get that perfect tan.

In addition, Eastern winds flow across the islands in January, creating mild ocean currents. The month is ideal for beginners, so they can begin surfing lessons before the waves get higher and more intense.

January Weather In The Maldives


The Maldives are best visited in February if you want all sunshine and minimal rain. We have sunny days and clear blue skies in February with only 50mm of rainfall and 10 hours of sunshine. As with January, the temperature stays between 26 and 28°C.

In Malé, this warm climate is ideal for various sea excursions and roaming around. There are fewer clouds and stunning sunsets, so evening dhoani cruises are popular with visitors.

The Maldives is also known for its honeymoon destinations. As a result, you should book your resort and flights in advance since the Maldives are experiencing a mass rush around Valentine’s Day.


March offers bright, luminous days and enjoyable evenings accompanied by warm weather. At times, the heat increases slightly, especially during the afternoon. The average temperature rises only a few degrees to 30°C.

It is possible to get humid in the Maldives in March with fewer than 73mm of rainfall. Coastal trade winds make the southern part colder than the northern region. To stay dry, consider packing light and airy clothes when planning your Maldives trip.

The sun shines 9 hours a day, making it perfect for outdoor activities, such as beach games or private excursions (dolphin cruise, sandbank adventure, manta or turtle snorkeling.

March marks the beginning of surf season in the Maldives.

During this period, surfers from all over the world come to the Maldives to conquer North and South Malé swells.

Surfing In The Maldives March


As we observe the end of the dry season in the Maldives, April brings a delicate balance of rain and sunshine. Temperatures range from 27 – 31°C on average.
The Indian Ocean’s monsoon winds bring about 132 mm of rainfall, predominantly in the southern regions. The Maldives winter is therefore known as the transition period in April.

Sea water temperatures begin rising to 30°C, and calm tides draw a significant number of water sports enthusiasts. Tourists are beginning to explore coral reefs at this time for activities such as snorkeling and paddleboarding. At the seaside, you can relax and stargaze if there are still plenty of clear skies at night.

Visibility for diving and snorkeling is still quite good.


The Maldives start the off-season in May, with up to 216 mm of rainfall expected. The South-West Monsoon hits the islands in mid-May. Though Maldives’ weather is unpredictable, tropical showers, short-lived thunderstorms, and moisture present in the atmosphere are common every month.

There’s something to be said for scuba diving; plankton swarms the seawater, and whale sharks and manta rays are around.

Temperatures typically stay between 26 – 30°C with 8 hours of sunlight.


Open arms greet travelers during the monsoon month in June. 172 mm of rainfall and seven hours of sun are typical of humid and windy days. At 26°C, the average temperature stays the same at the high temperature.

The plankton present in the water reduces visibility for divers. However, manta rays and whale sharks feed on the plankton, making for excellent encounters.

June Weather In The Maldives


July is one of the best times to visit the Maldives, according to many. The only time you have the chance to enjoy both the best and the worst. The fifth least rainy month sees rain significantly lower, with only 147mm of precipitation.

We may not enjoy the perfect weather because the sun is only out for 7 hours. While surfing is a popular activity in certain parts of the archipelago, the waves are becoming much more intense.

The humidity of 79% on average and the temperature is between 26 and 30°C.

Despite the decreased visibility in the water due to the plankton, manta rays and whale sharks are a major draw for divers. The Maldives’ Independence Day is officially celebrated on 26 July, and small parades and public celebrations are common on resort islands.


Even though August is one of the wettest months of the year in the Maldives, you’ll still get lots of sun.

You’ll have less rain if you’re in the north due to the south westerly monsoon winds. Winds are stronger in the wet season in general.

In August, there’s higher humidity, but it’s still a great time to visit.


September is one of the wettest months in the Maldives. It has an average maximum temperature of 30°C, and there are still seven hours of sunshine every day. It is possible to spot whale sharks and manta rays feeding on plankton which reduces visibility when diving.


With strong humidity and possibly rain for whole days, October is the Maldives’ wettest month. October is a good time to get special deals from the resorts. It is the last month for the Maldives’ surfing season and also for whale sharks and manta rays.

October Weater In The Maldives


The Maldives average maximum temperatures in November are 30°C. The wet season is finally over, and although there are showers, rain passes quickly.


The Maldives weather in December is largely hot and dry, though mid-month showers are probably expected. You can enjoy some winter sun here. The Christmas and New Year holidays are particularly popular and require minimum stays from the resorts.

How many seasons are in the Maldives?

The Maldives has two distinct seasons.

The southwest monsoon (wet season) normally extends from mid-May to November.

And from January to March, the northeast monsoon (dry season).

December and April are considered the monsoon transitional period.

Seasons Of The Maldives 2

Are the Maldives a good destination for a honeymoon?

Many couples honeymoon in the Maldives. The island resorts are one of the best destinations in the world for perfect beaches, clear seas, brilliant sunsets, and seamless service. Meeru Island Resort And Spa is rated as a top 10 destination in the Maldives for a honeymoon on Tripadvisor.

Honeymoon Couple In The Maldives


In conclusion, the Maldives remains an excellent destination for those seeking stunning beaches, warm weather, and seamless service. With two distinct seasons, travelers have the chance to try both the wet and dry conditions and draw their own conclusions based on personal preferences.

So don’t wait any longer – book your trip now and experience the magic of this incredible island nation!