Seasons in Maldives

Maldives are located near to equator so climate here have tropical monsoon type. Therefore there are no seasons in their usual sense. Just two shifts of amount of precipitation and direction of winds. From May to October prevails south-west monsoon which brings windy and rainy weather. Rest of the year is time of north-east monsoon with dry and sunny days.

Average annual temperature of rain and water in Maldives is about 28 °C (82 °F). Moreover the islands are lying outside of routs of devastating tropical cyclones so they are quite safe through whole year. Naturally precaution is necessary in tropical countries but in Maldives you most likely won’t be blown by strayed hurricane.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Maldives

March is the best time for seaside vacations on Maldives. But at first decade there is probability of storms at atolls. April is the last chance to have flawless tropical vacation in Maldives. Amount of precipitation increases but for now it isn’t big concern. Temperature of air is about 31 °C (88 °F) and water is 28 °C to 30 °C (82-86 °F).

May marks transition between dry and rainy seasons. But there still plenty of tourists on the islands. This month is some sort of the Velvet Season. Weather at May is rather unpredictable. Possibility of rains and storms remains but most of precipitation falls at night.

The climate of the spring months

(Male)

March
Max average t°: +31.5 °C (89 °F)
Min average t°: +26.5 °C (79.5 °F)
Water t°: +29.5 °C (85 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 77 mm (3.0")
April
Max average t°: +31.5 °C (89 °F)
Min average t°: +27 °C (80 °F)
Water t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 69 mm (2.7")
May
Max average t°: +31 °C (88 °F)
Min average t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Water t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 13 days
Precipitation: 182 mm (7.2")

Spring holidays

Variable date at March – Eid al-Kebir (The Day of Sacrifice).
Variable date – Islamic New Year.

May 1 – Labour Day.
May 16 (dates to 2018) – First of Ramazan.

Summer in Maldives

Weather at summer on Maldives is hot and influence of south-west monsoon makes it worst. It brings heavy tropical showers for 2-3 hours per day (mainly after noon and at night) and significant excitement of the sea which may escalate to storms. Divers and swimmers consider this period as the worst. But there is no thin without the addition and surfers of all kinds may have lots of fun taming those waves.

Air and water have almost equal temperatures. At night water even became warmer than air. In calm bays this circumstance makes great opportunity to swim under the moonlight. Humidity is pretty high but visitors marked that it is comfortable because of constant winds.

The climate of the summer months

(Male)

June
Max average t°: +30.5 °C (87 °F)
Min average t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 66 mm (2.6")
July
Max average t°: +30.5 °C (87 °F)
Min average t°: +26 °C (78 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 87 mm (3.4")
August
Max average t°: +30.5 °C (87 °F)
Min average t°: +25.5 °C (78 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 138 mm (5.4")


Summer holidays

June 4-5 - National holiday of the Republic of Maldives.
June 15 – Mulud (Milyad en Nabi, Birthday of the Prophet).

July 6-7 – National holiday dedicated to the expulsion of the Portuguese invaders in 1573.
July 26-27 – Independence Day.

August 20 – Hajj Day.
August 21 – Eid-ul Al'haa.

Autumn in Maldives

Tropical rainy season lasts through September as well. Waves are still significant so surfers are considering this month as the best time to visit Maldives. Beaches are dry back in couple after even hardest shower. Despite cloudiness it is easy to get scorched so relevant precautions are needed. At third decade of September sky becomes brighter and ocean calms down.

At October some rains remain but they mainly fall at night and daytime is sunny and calm. November marks second shift of winds and beginning of dry season. It doesn’t mean that there are no rains at all. Showers still occur but with significantly lesser frequency and intensity.

The climate of the autumn months

(Male)

September
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +25 °C (77.5 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 114 mm (4.5")
October
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +25 °C (78 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 154 mm (6.0")
November
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 14 days
Precipitation: 202 mm (8.0")

Autumn holidays

September 11 (dates to 2018)– Islamic New Year.

November 3 – Victory Day.
November 9 – National Day.
November 11 – National Day Holiday.
November 20 – Prophet Muhammad's Birthday.

Winter in Maldives

Winter in Maldives in terms of weather is quintessence of summer. Whole December is some sort of sunny, warm and calm bliss. Only at second half of third decade there may be minor excitement of the sea and slight drop of temperature. In general average temperature of air and water are same as at rest of the year.

But by the beginning of January thing come back to previous almost perfect state. Those great days are holding up to last dates of February. From somewhere around February 27 risk of storms increases in anticipation of the approaching rainy season.

The climate of the winter months

(Male)

December
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +25.5 °C (78 °F)
Water t°: +29 °C (84 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 171 mm (6.7")
January
Max average t°: +30 °C (86.5 °F)
Min average t°: +26 °C (78 °F)
Water t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 59 mm (2.3")
February
Max average t°: +30 °C (87 °F)
Min average t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Water t°: +28.5 °C (83 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 52 mm (2.1")

Winter holidays

December 9 – The Day Maldives Embraced Islam.

December 25-26 – Christmas.

January 1 – New Year.