Right in the middle of the wet season, July may seem like an unlikely month to visit The Maldives. Surprisingly, this month is quite popular with the tourists, thanks to off-season discounts. The weather in Maldives in July is not exactly the rainiest, but still sees a fair amount of showers.
What Temperatures to Expect in The Maldives in July?
July is a time when the canopies at all the resorts in The Maldives are thrown open to shade their guests from the unpredictable rains. The rains are not uniform across the 1,200 islands in The Maldives, though.
The entire archipelago is classified into clusters of islands, called atolls. Of these, the northern atolls lie in the northern hemisphere, to the north of the Equator, whereas the southern atolls lie to the south of the Equator, in the southern hemisphere. In July, the northern atolls see a lot less rain as compared to the southern atolls.
In the month of July, the lowest temperature you can expect is 26 degrees Celsius or 79 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other hand, the highest temperature goes up to 29 degrees Celsius or 84 degrees Fahrenheit. On an average, you will see the mercury reading 28 degrees Celsius or 82 degrees Fahrenheit.
Daytime temperatures are only slightly higher than their night-time counterparts. The average daytime temperature in The Maldives in July is 29.1 degrees Celsius or 84 degrees Fahrenheit, while the average night-time temperature is 28.5 degrees Celsius or 83 degrees Fahrenheit.
In the high-humidity period of July, the average temperature of the sea is 29 degrees Celsius or 84 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a nice time if you are looking for activities and things to do in Maldives. A total of 7 hours of sunshine is available on an average each day in this month, while the day lasts for about 12 hours, with the other hours being cloudy.
There is better availability of Maldives’ water villas in July as most of the Muslim travelers stay home and avoid leisure as part of Ramadan – the month of religious fasting according to Islam. If there is an uber-luxurious property that you have had a hard time booking, this month should bring you some luck.
Does it Rain in The Maldives in July?
In July, Maldives’ weather is obviously full of rain as this month is well within the wet season. It helps to understand this island nation does not see 4 or 6 seasons as most other countries do. Its coastal climate ensures that there are only 2 distinct seasons – dry and wet.
Rains are a common occurrence in both the seasons, but the wet season sees a considerably higher amount of rainfall than the dry season. Nevertheless, there is always some part of the country where you can hope for more hours of sunshine and less rain if you are keen to pursue outdoor activities.
Out of the 31 days in the month of July, you can expect it to rain on about 13 days according to the historical average. The average precipitation throughout this month is 147 mm. If you are not carrying an umbrella with you, you will usually find complementary umbrellas for temporary use at your villa or with the reception of your hotel or resort.
What to Do in The Maldives in July?
Since July coincides with Ramadan, you are bound to see a lot of festivities around the local public islands during this month. If you happen to be in Malé – the world’s smallest capital, you can even watch all the restaurants come alive after sunset when all the local Maldivians break their daily fast.
You may even be able to taste some Islamic delicacies which are only made during this time of the year. Look out for sweets made of coconut and a variety of Dhivehi desserts which resemble cakes and puddings.
July is also the month when Maldives received its independence from the British. This Asian archipelago became an independent nation on 26th July 1965. Prior to this, the island nation was a British Protectorate for about 70 years.
The British Empire had promised to protect The Maldives from colonial expansion and kept this tiny nation under its rule since 1887. Independence Day celebrations can be witnessed around the country. However, Malé – the capital city of The Maldives celebrates this holiday with the highest pomp and posh.
You might be able to see grand parades on the streets of this inhabited island. School children also participate in the Independence Day Parade, as do the armed forces full of decorated rank holders. Public feasts are often held as well.
July is not such a popular month for underwater activities in The Maldives as the rains reduce visibility. However, this is also a time when planktons increase in number. Planktons are one of the greatest sources of food for whale sharks and manta rays.
This means, you can see a lot of mantas and whale sharks if you specifically sign up for such tours. Scuba diving during the manta season is insanely popular with the diving communities around the world.
Just remember not to touch the rays and stay out of their way as they prepare to feast or wait to be cleaned by wrasses. If you wish to snorkel during the wet season, do it under the observation of the resort’s guard or just outside your villa, on the house reef.
Maldives Weather by Month
- Maldives Weather in January
- Maldives Weather in February
- Maldives Weather in March
- Maldives Weather in April
- Maldives Weather in May
- Maldives Weather in June
- Maldives Weather in July
- Maldives Weather in August
- Maldives Weather in September
- Maldives Weather in October
- Maldives Weather in November
- Maldives Weather in in December
Despite the rainy weather in Maldives in July, it is a fantastic month for a monsoon break away from the city. Check with Samudra Maldives on resort recommendations and suggestions on island activities that you can pursue solo, as a couple or with your family.