When people in the Maldives feel like they're on cloud nine, it's not just because of the heavenly hospitality. The gorgeous weather definitely plays a big role, too. With temperatures averaging 29 degrees Celsius year-round, the Maldives are a fabulous tropical escape for every season. This short video gives you a brief overview of the Maldivian climate followed by a month by month summary.
The year is divided into two main periods: dry season and wet season. Running from the end of October to the end of March, dry season is driven by the northeast winter monsoon. Rainy season starts in April and goes til the end of October, brought on by the southwest summer monsoon.
Over the past couple of years, the Maldives has seen a lot of change in its seasonal weather. Long periods of perfect conditions are now common throughout the year, not just in dry season. This in turn has made forecasting much more difficult. It is now practically impossible to reliably predict the weather and, realistically, forecasts don't go much further than a couple of hours.
Nevertheless, there are some projections, based on average temperatures and rainfall per month, which we would like to share with you here.
January falls into the dry season, which equates sunshine combined with relatively mild humidity. Average monthly rainfall adds up to just two days, while temperatures are a balmy 27 degrees Celsius (that's 81 degrees Fahrenheit).
By February, the northeast monsoon is in full swing, and you can enjoy bright days and superb temperatures of around 28 degrees Celsius (or 82 degrees Fahrenheit) – that's above and below water.
Considered by many as the best time to come to the Maldives, March has the ideal blend of bright sunny days and pleasant nights. Periods of rain are rare and brief at this time of the year; more of a welcome refreshment than a nuisance.
Officially, the end of April marks the onset of the southwest monsoon, also known as wet season. But don't let the name fool you into thinking that this is a bad time to visit; April is usually just as pleasant and dry as the months before. The numbers speak for themselves: the minimum air temperature is 27 degrees celsius (that's 81 degrees Fahrenheit) and the average sunshine hours stand at nine hours a day.
May is typical of the wet season, with frequent rain and high winds taking turns with pleasant temperatures and sunshine. The probability of seeing whalesharks, mantas and other pelagics is at its highest throughout the wet season.
The average temperature for June is predicetd at a blissful 28 degrees Celsius (that's 82 Fahrenheit), indicating that even during periods of wet and windy conditions, the tropical climate remains relatively pleasant.
In July, the ocean is still rich in plankton, attracting pelagics that migrate to the best feeding places. Strong winds and hefty downpours are often followed by prolonged periods of sunny weather.
At 28 degrees Celsius (82 Fahrenheit), water and air temperatures remain wonderfully tropical throughout August. The weather can be breezy and at times stormy, but guests can still enjoy many hours of sunshine on most days.
September brings another changeable, but enjoyable month. Downpours appear just as fast as they fade away and, despite frequent short turbulations, continuous periods of bad weather are relatively rare.
In October, the end of the wet season ushers in lower levels of humidity and rainfall, though the conditions remain unpredictable. Towards the end of the month, the weather stabilizes as the northeast monsoon sets in.
Clear warm waters matched by equally clear blue skies are the hallmark of the dry season and, come November, you can expect exceptional visbility above and below the sea. The average temperature is 27 degrees (or 81 Fahrenheit).
The Northeast monsoon generally brings brilliant conditions for fans of watersports as well as those wanting to celebrate in style. December is no exception, with exotic Christmas and New Years parties being taking place all across the country. The end of the year offers a tempting escape from the cold, dreary weather in Europe, North America and elsewhere.
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