Maldives climate guide

The Maldives climate guide is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine. Read more about the climate in Maldives.

The climate guide for the Maldives shown below is for Male.

Temperature in Maldives (°C)

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max temperature (daytime)
Min temperature (night-time)
Sea temperature

Sunshine & Daylight in Maldives

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily hours of sunshine
Daily hours of daylight

Rainfall in Maldives

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Number of days with some rain
Average monthly rainfall (mm)

More climate for Maldives

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
UV Index (Maximum)
Heat & Humidity

Note: 0 = None, L = Low, M = Moderate, H = High, VH = Very high, E = Extreme

Metric (°C / mm)  |  Imperial (°F / inches)

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Maldives climate overview

Lying to the southwest of Sri Lanka and India, the Maldives is a collection of about 1,200 coral islands and atolls straddling the equator. The local economy is heavily dependent upon tourism, but this has been carefully managed and is restricted to fewer than 100 islands.

The majority of the islands are little more than low-lying uninhabited sand bars, in danger of being swallowed by rising sea levels. The smaller islands and atolls support only scrub vegetation, while the largest ones are sizable enough to sustain pockets of lush tropical plants and trees along with bamboo, banana, and coconut palms. The island of Fuamulaku is particularly fertile with pineapples, oranges, and mangoes cultivated.

Beautiful beaches such as the one on Veligandu can be found throughout the islands with coral white sand and palm trees. Most of the islands are surrounded by coral reefs, creating calm turquoise lagoons, which remain warm all year. The reefs themselves attract an abundance of marine life making scuba diving and snorkelling a popular pastime.

The Maldives tropical climate has a wet season running from May to November, followed by a drier season, the driest months of which are February and March. This is also the sunniest time.

However even from June to September, during the south-west monsoon which is the wettest time of year, there are still on average over 6 hours of sunshine every day. Temperature varies little, remaining warm all year with 'high' heat and humidity in all months, rising to 'very high' from March to July.

Because the Maldives is in the equatorial belt, severe tropical storms and cyclones are extremely rare events. The islands were however seriously affected by the Asian Tsunami of 2004 that caused considerable damage to property and some loss of life.

Maldives climate by month

Check Maldives climate for a particular month by selecting from the list below. Monthly climate guides include figures for temperature, rainfall, sunshine hours and sea temperature plus daily sunrise & sunset times.

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