Maldives weather

Read our complete guide to the weather in the Maldives.

Below are the temperatures expected today at popular destinations in the Maldives. Select a destination to compare today's forecast with average weather conditions.

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The weather guide for Maldives (Male) shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by meteoblue. Find out more about our data sources.

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When is the best time to go to Maldives?

The best time to go to Maldives (Male) is February based on the following average weather conditions.

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Maldives weather overview

The Maldives consists of over one thousand low lying islands clustered in the North Indian Ocean but only two hundred are inhabited.

All have a hot, tropical climate with substantial rainfall during the southwest monsoon, which strikes between May and November.

Swimming and snorkelling are at their best between December and April when rainfall is at its lowest.

Kuramathi Island Maldives © Mac Qin - Flickr Creative Commons
Kuramathi Island Maldives © Mac Qin - Flickr Creative Commons

Islands to the north can occasionally fall prey to cyclones generated in the Arabian Sea; these are most likely to hit between August and November, bringing high winds and bucketing rain.

What to pack for Maldives weather

Take very light clothes - temperatures and humidity are high throughout the year. Pack sturdy rainwear if travelling in monsoon season.

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Which is the hottest month in the Maldives?

The hottest time of year in Male, Maldives is normally April. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 32°C with very high heat and humidity.

Which month has the most rain in the Maldives?

In terms of rainfall, October is usually the wettest month in Male, Maldives with 229mm on average. There are normally 16 days in October with some rain.

When is it sunniest in the Maldives?

The sunniest time of year in Male, Maldives is normally February with bright sunshine on average for 79% of daylight hours; that's 10 hours of sunshine per day.

When is the sea warmest in the Maldives?

The sea is usually at its warmest in Male, Maldives in April when the water temperature reaches 30°C.

What is the flight time to the Maldives from the UK?

The flight time to the Maldives from the UK is typically 10.5 hours.

What is the time difference between the Maldives and the UK?

The time difference between the Maldives and the UK is GMT+5 hours.

What is the main language spoken in the Maldives?

The main languages spoken in the Maldives are Divehi and English.

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What is the currency in the Maldives?

The currency in the Maldives is the Maldivian Rufiyaa (MVR).

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Which plugs are used in the Maldives?

Maldives uses electrical plug type C + D + G + L (230 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in the Maldives?

They drive on the left side of the road in the Maldives.

Compare Maldives weather with the USA

Below the Maldives weather chart shows average maximum daytime temperature for Maldives (Male) and the USA (Washington).

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