Maldives weather in January

January is an excellent time to visit the Maldives, as it falls during the dry season.

You can expect high temperatures, clear sunny skies and minimal rainfall – the perfect weather for a honeymoon holiday.

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

How sunny is it in the Maldives in January?
There are normally eight hours of bright sunshine each day in January in the Maldives – that's around 66% of daylight hours.

Sunrise & sunset in January?
Sunrise is around 6:18am with sunset around 6:13pm.

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

Does it rain in the Maldives in January?
There are usually six days with some rain in the Maldives in January, and the average monthly rainfall is 115mm (4.5in).

How windy is it in the Maldives in January?
January sees an average wind speed of 18 kilometres per hour (11 mph; 10 knots).

What to do in the Maldives in January?
Apart from lazing on the beach or poolside, January is especially good for swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving as well as surfing, windsurfing, cruising and game fishing.

Local holidays?
New Years Day – 1st Jan. This is high season, especially in early-January. Flights and hotel rooms should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

Maldives – January weather

Temperature icon High Temp: 30°C (86°F)
temperature icon Low Temp: 26°C (78°F)
sun icon Sunshine: 8 hours per day
Moderately hot icon
Daylight: 12 hours per day
wind icon Wind speed: 18 km/h (11 mph; 10 knots)
umbrella icon Wet Days: 6 days with some rain
rain cloud Rainfall: 115mm (4.5in) per month
Hot icon Comfort Level: High heat & 78% 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

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

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 January: 3 October, 2023

Disclaimer: The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data and conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable. We assume no responsibility and can not be held legally responsible for any decisions made on the basis of the information presented on this site.