Maldives weather in December

December falls at the end of the wet season. The weather becomes more pleasant as the month progresses.

The dry northeast monsoon from late-December brings mainly sunny and dry weather. Sea breezes help keep the heat pleasant and there is less rainfall from mid-December onwards.

How hot is it in the Maldives in December?
Daytime high temperatures in the Maldives average 30°C (86°F) in December, with high heat and humidity, falling to a night-time low of 26°C (78°F).

December is the coldest month in the Maldives.

How sunny is it in the Maldives in December?
There are normally seven hours of bright sunshine each day in the Maldives in December – that's around 58% of daylight hours.

Sunrise & sunset in December?
Sunrise is around 6:00am with sunset around 5:55pm.

How warm is the sea around the Maldives in December?
The average sea temperature around the Maldives in December is 28°C (82°F).

Does it rain in the Maldives in December?
There are usually 12 days with some rain in the Maldives in December, and the average monthly rainfall is 215mm (8in).

How windy is it in the Maldives in December?
December sees an average wind speed of 16 kilometres per hour (10 mph; 8.6 knots).

What to do in the Maldives in December?
Apart from lazing on the beach or poolside, December is good for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Local holidays?
None. The high season starts from mid-December to early January and attracts top prices at most resorts. Flights and hotel rooms should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

Maldives – December weather

Temperature icon High Temp: 30°C (86°F)
temperature icon Low Temp: 26°C (78°F)
sun icon Sunshine: 7 hours per day
Moderately hot icon
Daylight: 12 hours per day
wind icon Wind speed: 16 km/h (10 mph; 8.6 knots)
umbrella icon Wet Days: 12 days with some rain
rain cloud Rainfall: 215mm (8in) per month
Hot icon Comfort Level: High heat & 81% humidity
Moderately hot icon
UV Index: Extreme
swimming icon Sea Temp: 28°C (82°F)
Male, Maldives

Best time to visit the Maldives

The best time to visit the Maldives is anytime from late-December to early-March when it’s mainly sunny and dry, with daytime temperatures around 28°C (82°F).

The Maldives has a hot tropical climate with a short dry season and cooling daytime sea breezes.

Maldives weather overview

Maldives weather by month

Source: Meteorological data for the Maldives is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020 from the closest weather station: Velana International Airport (MLE), located around 5km (3mi) northeast of the capital, Malé, on Hulhulé Island in North Malé Atoll. Additional climate data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

Latest update: Maldives weather in December: 12 June, 2024

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