What’s the weather like in Maldives in May?
May is a transitional month in the Maldives, transitioning from the dry northeast monsoon season to the southwest monsoon season. While the weather is generally pleasant, it is also more unpredictable compared to previous months. The Maldives experiences occasional rain showers and thunderstorms during this period, but they are usually short-lived.
Average daily temperatures
In May, the average daily temperature in the Maldives ranges from 27°C (81°F) to 31°C (88°F). The nights tend to be slightly cooler, with temperatures dropping to around 26°C (79°F). It’s still warm enough to enjoy water activities and relax on the beaches, but you may want to pack a light jacket or shawl for cooler evenings.
Sunshine and rainfall
Despite being a transition month, May still offers a good amount of sunshine in the Maldives. On average, there are around 7 to 8 hours of sunshine per day, providing ample time for outdoor activities and beach relaxation.
However, May is also a month with increased rainfall compared to the previous dry season. On average, the Maldives receives around 169mm (6.7 inches) of rainfall throughout the month. Rainfall is typically in the form of short downpours or scattered showers, and they do not usually last all day. It’s recommended to carry an umbrella or raincoat to stay dry during these occasional showers.