Sara and John say...
Welcome to paradise!
You might think The Maldives has a tropical climate with the same weather throughout all twelve months.
Well, not so. The country straddles the equator, so while it’s true that the temperature doesn’t change much during the year - with most days seeing tropical highs of around 30 Celsius - there are big fluctuations in terms of rainfall, humidity and sunshine.
And with the chain of islands extending 500 miles, the same distance as Southampton to Inverness, there is some variation in weather depending on where you are in the country.
The peak tourist season is in the first few months of the year, when the northeast monsoon winds keep the islands driest. This is when the northern islands in particular see most sunshine. Blue skies and only occasional showers make this an ideal time to visit.
Low season occurs during the southwest monsoon, usually between May and November. But although there are some heavier showers, they often finish quickly, particularly in July and August so you’ll still be seeing an average of 7 to 9 hours of sunshine a day, just a few less than in the dry season. And remember, at all times of year, the sunshine is very strong.
If you want to feel comfortable, you need to think about the humidity, which changes through the year. It’s least sticky between January and March, but even when the humidity is higher in the wet season, cooling sea breezes and balmy evening temperatures mean the weather is never too oppressive.