Maldives has a tropical climate. The average temperature is set at 30°C (85°F), which complements the all-year summer appeal of the country. It is never too chilly in Maldives, as the temperate hardly goes below 25°C (77°F). Generally, Maldives experiences sunny days and cool nights, the perfect setup for a pleasant vacation.
The country has two seasons: dry, influenced by the northeast monsoon, and wet, brought about by the southwest monsoon.
The dry season kicks off in December and lasts until March. The sun is present most of the day and creates an ultimate tropical ambience. This season, therefore, is generally marked with hot temperature and high humidity, although rainfalls can be expected. The heat peaks from February to April.
The dry season is considered the peak season for travelers, since many tourists flock to Maldives at this time to take a respite from winter and to celebrate Christmas, New Year, and other holidays. Consequently, travel costs soar during this season.
The wet season, on the other hand, lasts from May to November. It is when Maldives experiences rains, storms, and, occasionally, thunderstorms. But even the wet season is lovely. The temperature remains warm, the sky is not too sunny, the waves crash toward the shore, and the tourist count is low. If you are on a budget, it is best to visit Maldives during this season, as the travel price usually takes a dip.
Maldives is perfect for a vacation any time of the year. However, if you plan to visit any of the inhabited islands, avoid going during the Ramadan period, when restaurants and other establishments are closed.
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