Maldives climate guide

Temperature in Maldives (°C)

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max temperature (daytime)
30°C maximum daytime temperature in January in Maldives (Male)30
31°C maximum daytime temperature in February in Maldives (Male)31
31°C maximum daytime temperature in March in Maldives (Male)31
32°C maximum daytime temperature in April in Maldives (Male)32
31°C maximum daytime temperature in May in Maldives (Male)31
30°C maximum daytime temperature in June in Maldives (Male)30
30°C maximum daytime temperature in July in Maldives (Male)30
30°C maximum daytime temperature in August in Maldives (Male)30
30°C maximum daytime temperature in September in Maldives (Male)30
30°C maximum daytime temperature in October in Maldives (Male)30
30°C maximum daytime temperature in November in Maldives (Male)30
30°C maximum daytime temperature in December in Maldives (Male)30
Min temperature (night-time)
25°C minimum night-time temperature in January in Maldives (Male)25
25°C minimum night-time temperature in February in Maldives (Male)25
25°C minimum night-time temperature in March in Maldives (Male)25
26°C minimum night-time temperature in April in Maldives (Male)26
26°C minimum night-time temperature in May in Maldives (Male)26
26°C minimum night-time temperature in June in Maldives (Male)26
25°C minimum night-time temperature in July in Maldives (Male)25
25°C minimum night-time temperature in August in Maldives (Male)25
25°C minimum night-time temperature in September in Maldives (Male)25
25°C minimum night-time temperature in October in Maldives (Male)25
25°C minimum night-time temperature in November in Maldives (Male)25
25°C minimum night-time temperature in December in Maldives (Male)25
Sea temperature
28°C sea temperature in January in Maldives (Male)28
28°C sea temperature in February in Maldives (Male)28
29°C sea temperature in March in Maldives (Male)29
30°C sea temperature in April in Maldives (Male)30
30°C sea temperature in May in Maldives (Male)30
29°C sea temperature in June in Maldives (Male)29
29°C sea temperature in July in Maldives (Male)29
29°C sea temperature in August in Maldives (Male)29
28°C sea temperature in September in Maldives (Male)28
28°C sea temperature in October in Maldives (Male)28
28°C sea temperature in November in Maldives (Male)28
28°C sea temperature in December in Maldives (Male)28

Sunshine & Daylight in Maldives

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily hours of sunshine
Daily hours of daylight
12 hours of daylight per day in January in Maldives (Male)12
12 hours of daylight per day in February in Maldives (Male)12
12 hours of daylight per day in March in Maldives (Male)12
12 hours of daylight per day in April in Maldives (Male)12
12 hours of daylight per day in May in Maldives (Male)12
12 hours of daylight per day in June in Maldives (Male)12
12 hours of daylight per day in July in Maldives (Male)12
12 hours of daylight per day in August in Maldives (Male)12
12 hours of daylight per day in September in Maldives (Male)12
12 hours of daylight per day in October in Maldives (Male)12
12 hours of daylight per day in November in Maldives (Male)12
12 hours of daylight per day in December in Maldives (Male)12

Rainfall in Maldives

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Number of days with some rain
5 days with some rainfall in January in Maldives (Male)5
5 days with some rainfall in February in Maldives (Male)5
7 days with some rainfall in March in Maldives (Male)7
10 days with some rainfall in April in Maldives (Male)10
15 days with some rainfall in May in Maldives (Male)15
14 days with some rainfall in June in Maldives (Male)14
13 days with some rainfall in July in Maldives (Male)13
14 days with some rainfall in August in Maldives (Male)14
15 days with some rainfall in September in Maldives (Male)15
16 days with some rainfall in October in Maldives (Male)16
14 days with some rainfall in November in Maldives (Male)14
13 days with some rainfall in December in Maldives (Male)13
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
90 mm monthly rainfall in January in Maldives (Male)90
68 mm monthly rainfall in February in Maldives (Male)68
81 mm monthly rainfall in March in Maldives (Male)81
129 mm monthly rainfall in April in Maldives (Male)129
211 mm monthly rainfall in May in Maldives (Male)211
183 mm monthly rainfall in June in Maldives (Male)183
161 mm monthly rainfall in July in Maldives (Male)161
183 mm monthly rainfall in August in Maldives (Male)183
213 mm monthly rainfall in September in Maldives (Male)213
229 mm monthly rainfall in October in Maldives (Male)229
192 mm monthly rainfall in November in Maldives (Male)192
198 mm monthly rainfall in December in Maldives (Male)198

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  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
UV Index (Maximum)
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in January in Maldives (Male)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in February in Maldives (Male)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in March in Maldives (Male)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in April in Maldives (Male)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in May in Maldives (Male)11
UV (maximum) index 11 (Extreme) in June in Maldives (Male)11
UV (maximum) index 11 (Extreme) in July in Maldives (Male)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in August in Maldives (Male)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in September in Maldives (Male)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in October in Maldives (Male)11
UV (maximum) index 11+ (Extreme) in November in Maldives (Male)11
UV (maximum) index 11 (Extreme) in December in Maldives (Male)11
Heat & Humidity
High heat & humidity in January in Maldives (Male)H
High heat & humidity in February in Maldives (Male)H
Very high heat & humidity in March in Maldives (Male)VH
Very high heat & humidity in April in Maldives (Male)VH
Very high heat & humidity in May in Maldives (Male)VH
Very high heat & humidity in June in Maldives (Male)VH
High heat & humidity in July in Maldives (Male)H
High heat & humidity in August in Maldives (Male)H
High heat & humidity in September in Maldives (Male)H
High heat & humidity in October in Maldives (Male)H
High heat & humidity in November in Maldives (Male)H
High heat & humidity in December in Maldives (Male)H

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

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The climate guide for Maldives, represented by Male, 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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