Best time to visit the Maldives

The best time to visit the Maldives for a beach holiday is from late-December to mid-April when it’s mainly sunny and dry, with daytime temperatures averaging 28°C (82°F).


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Maldives weather

The Maldives has a hot tropical climate, with a short dry season from January to April and a long wet season that is influenced by the southwest monsoon from late-April to September, and the northeast monsoon from October through December.

The southern islands generally receive more rainfall than the northern islands due to the direction of the monsoon winds.

Daytime temperatures average 28°C (82°F) year-round.

Relative humidity is high throughout the year at around 100%. You can expect cooling daytime sea breezes year-round.


What is the best month to visit the Maldives?
January, February and March are the best months to visit the Maldives, since this is the least rainy time of year with hot, sunny weather and perfect conditions for swimming.

April is also an acceptable month, although there may be showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon.

What's the best time for activities?
While swimming, snorkelling and diving are all good year-round, visibility is better on the western side of any atoll from May to November, and from the eastern side of any atoll from December to April.

The surfing season runs from March to October.

Which is the hottest month in the Maldives?
The hottest month in the Maldives is April, with an average high of 32°C (82°F) with very high heat and humidity, and a night-time low of 27°C (80°F).

The hot season lasts from mid-March to mid-May, with an average daily high temperature above 31°C (87°F).

What is the humidity in the Maldives?
The Maldives experience little seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 80% – 85% over the course of the year.

What do the humidity conditions feel like in Langkawi?
We derive the humidity comfort level – what conditions feel like – from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the atmosphere: a higher dew point feels more humid, while a lower dew point feels drier.

Meteorologists agree that dew point temperature is a more consistant indication of 'absolute humidity' than relative humidity, which fluctuates with temperature. 

Typically, it's humid all year round in the Maldives – almost every day feels muggy or oppressive.

Which is the coldest month in the Maldives?
The coldest month in the Maldives is December, with an average high of 30°C (86°F) with high heat and humidity, and a night-time average low of 26°C (78°F).

The cooler season lasts for from mid-August to mid-January, with an average daily high temperature below 31°C (87°F).

Which is the sunniest month in the Maldives?
The sunniest time of year in the Maldives is usually February with bright sunshine for nine hours each day – that's around 79% of daylight hours.

Which is the driest month in the Maldives?
February is usually the driest month in the Maldives, with an average of 40mm (1.5in) of monthly rainfall, distributed across three days.

The short dry season lasts from early-January to mid-April. Rain falls throughout the year in the Maldives.

When is the sky clear in the Maldives?
The clearest month of the year in the Maldives is usually February, during which time the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 42% of the time.

May through October is generally overcast or cloudy more than 80% of the time. The month with the most cloud is June, when the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 88% of the time.

When is the sea warmest in the Maldives?
The water is usually at its warmest in the Maldives in April when the water temperature averages 30°C (86°F), which is pleasant for swimming.

The sea in the Maldives is warm enough to swim year-round.

Which is the wettest month in the Maldives?
November is usually the wettest month in the Maldives with 230mm (9in) of rainfall on average, distributed across 13 days.

The wet season typically lasts from mid-April to late-December, with a greater than 31% chance of a given day being a wet day. The rains mostly occur in the form of short and intense downpour or thunderstorm.

What are the windiest months in the Maldives?
The windiest month of the year in the Maldives is June, with an average hourly wind speed of 20 kilometres per hour (12 mph; 11 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from early-May to early-November, with average wind speeds of more than 16 kilometres per hour (10 mph; 8.6 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from early-November through to early-May. The calmest month of the year in the Maldives is March, with an average hourly wind speed of 12 kilometres per hour (7.5 mph; 6.5 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction varies throughout the year: the wind is most often from the west from early-April to late-November; with a change from the east from late-November to late-March; and from the north for the last week in March.


Maldives Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
30 31 31 32 31 31 31 31 30 30 30 30
Average low temperature (°C)
26 26 27 27 26 26 26 26 26 26 26 26
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
8 9 9 8 7 6 7 7 6 7 7 7
Average daily daylight (hrs)
12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Comfort level _ heat
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Comfort level – humidity (#muggy days)
30 28 31 30 31 30 31 31 30 31 30 31
Average relative humidity (%)
80 80 80 80 85 85 85 85 85 85 85 85
UV Index (max)
11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11 11 11+ 11+ 11+ 11+ 11
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
6 3 5 9 15 13 12 13 15 15 13 12
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
115 40 75 125 220 165 150 175 200 195 230 215
Average wind speed (km/h)
18 16 12 13 19 20 18 17 18 18 15 16
Average sea temperature (°C)
28 28 29 30 30 29 29 29 29 28 29 28
Malé, Maldives

Holiday seasons

High season: Mid-December to early January, Easter and August attract top prices at most resorts.

Low season: May to November (excluding August)


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.


Maldives weather by month


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Latest update: Best time to visit Maldives: 20 March, 2024


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