Weather & Climate

Weather & Climate

The location of the string of islands close to the equator means that the Maldives receive plenty of sun all year round, with the average air temperature close to 30 degrees Celsius, and water temperature constant at about 28 degrees Celsius. Very few oceans are as tranquil as the Indian Ocean and the frequent mirror-like flat waters are astounding.

The weather in the Maldives is influenced by the two Monsoons that create the two seasons in the archipelago.

The Hulhangu Monsoon (South West), during the summer months of June, July and August, brings a chance of a stronger breeze and short showers. The Indian landmass heats up; creating a low pressure area and causes winds rich in moisture to sweep up towards Asia until they hit the Himalayas. Acting as a barrier, the mountain range forces the winds to rise and cool causing precipitation. Sporadic small clouds drift down to the Maldives and bring less settled weather.

The Iruvai Monsoon (North East) normally runs from November through to April when India begins to cool off but the ocean still holds its heat. That causes the wind to sweep down from the Himalayas, picking up moisture over the Bay of Bengal and releasing it over the Indian peninsula. Effects of this can be felt in the Maldives around the middle of December as the winds change once more. However, as the jet stream in the region splits into the subtropical and the polar one, it produces clear skies and as a consequence the Maldives experiences its best weather of the year from March to May.

Located amidst an ocean, weather conditions can change very quickly in the Maldives, however the tropical climate results in relatively minor variations in daily temperature and a great deal of sunshine throughout the year.