Maldives climate guide

Below are average maximum temperatures at popular destinations in the Maldives for next month - December. Select a destination to see the climate guide for all months of the year.

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The climate guide for Maldives shows long term monthly weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia), the Met Office & the Netherlands Meteorological Institute. Find out more about our data sources.

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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.

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