The Climate

sunsetThe weather on the Maldives is essentially determined by two monsoon winds. One the one hand is the Northeast monsoon which blows from the end of November to the end of April and brings mostly blue skies and a dry heat after the strong winds. The Southwest monsoon determines the rest of the year. This period brings partly violent storms

and a lot of rain which also alternate with periods of sun.

The calendar system of the Maldives is based on this rhythm and only recognizes these two seasons. The temperatures always lie between a comfortably warm 26 - 34˚ C (79 – 93˚F) and therefore there are barely any season fluctuations. It hardly cools down at night so there is no need for heavy jackets in your luggage.

Like the weather, the temperature fluctuations of the water are hardly worth mentioning. The temperature is between 27˚C and 30 ˚C (81˚F and 86˚F) and are ideal for every type of water sport. In the lagoon of the islands, which is scarcely influenced by the ocean currents, the temperature occasionally reaches about 32˚C (89.6˚F).

The Maldives also became famous for the crystal clear water. Visibility can reach a peak of 50 meters (160 feet) but also vary with the seasons. If the currents wash a lot of plankton into the atolls, then the visibility falls to 15 meters (50 feet) or less. This time of the year brings sea inhabitants to the atolls who feed exclusively on the plankton like manta rays and whale sharks.

You can find more information, the current weather report and a forecast for the next 4 days here.


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