Where is the hottest place in europe in april: Hot countries in April: The best holiday destinations
10 destinations for Easter sun holidays for 2022
With the worst of the winter over, the Easter holidays in April bring a taste of better weather to come in the UK, but high temperatures aren’t guaranteed. If you want a guaranteed dose of spring sun, however, there are plenty of destinations in Europe and further afield where sunny days on the beach beckon. Spring in Europe is an ideal time for sightseeing as well as sunbathing, especially if you’re travelling with children. As summer comes around, it can become way too hot. For those who like the higher temperatures in spring, go long-haul to places such as Mexico and Dubai. In April, these are definitely hot holiday destinations where you’ll want to spend whole days on the beach or by the pool. So, whether you’re looking for a family holiday, a sightseeing break or a romantic weekend, it’s time to pack your swimsuit, sunglasses, and sun cream and try out these 10 Easter sun holidays for 2022.
Just a word of caution before you finalise your plans and pack your suitcase. Travel restrictions and regulations around the world are in a state of change at the moment. Keep up to date with the latest information with regular visits to our Travel Restrictions page.
1. Crete, Greece
When it comes to beautiful islands, you’re spoiled for choice in Greece. Each has its own character but maybe the most beautiful is Crete. By the Easter holidays, it is also one of the hottest places in Europe, with temperatures regularly reaching a comfortable 20°C. Malia and Hersonissos have family-friendly beaches with plenty of water activities to keep the kids occupied all day, perfect for a sun holiday. Chania and Agios Nikolaos are charming destinations if you’re looking for romance, while Heraklion, the capital, has its own picturesque but gritty atmosphere. Just outside Heraklion is Knossos, home to the fascinating archaeological remains of Europe’s oldest city. Take time out from the beach on your holiday in the sun by hiring a car and driving through Crete’s spectacular mountain scenery and lunching on the best of the island’s meat and cheese, washed down with rugged local wines.
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2. Canary Isles, Spain
It’s easy to find Easter sun in the Canary Isles. . Lanzarote is the first island to benefit from this Easter sun, reaching a lovely 24°C in April. With its beaches and water parks such as Playa Blanca, your family can make the most of its 8 hours of sunshine. If you love chasing the waves, travel to Lanzarote at Easter and take advantage of off-season surf school prices. Visit Tenerife in March or April and you’re also guaranteed a sunny holiday with the added advantage of less crowded beaches than in the summer months. For something a little special, spend a day horse trekking in Mount Teide National Park. And, if you’re planning a romantic Easter holiday in Europe, you can’t beat Gran Canaria with its dramatic cliffs and dune-scapes.
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3. Sicily, Italy
Temperatures in Sicily reach a respectable 22˚C in Spring, making it warm enough for a sunny holiday in 2022. It’s not too hot to explore the island’s Greek and Roman heritage or stroll around the historic towns of Catania, Palermo and Syracuse, but definitely warm enough to enjoy breathtaking beaches. Enjoy lazy days with the golden sand and crystal clear waters of beaches such as Scala dei Turchi and Sampieri. During April, Holy Week is celebrated on the island. Wherever you stay for your island holiday in the sun, you can watch lavish processions and feast on traditional delicacies such as slow-roasted spring lamb. Find outdoor adventure during Easter holidays in Sicily by cycling or hiking through the Zingaro Nature Reserve or the magnificent landscape that surrounds Mount Etna.
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4. Republic of Cyprus
With temperatures reaching highs of 27˚C by the end of April, the Republic of Cyprus is an attractive choice for your Easter holiday in the sun. With its forts and harbour, there’s much to do and see in the ancient city of Paphos, named European Cultural Capital in 2017. If being on the water inspires you, then Larnaca offers sailing, paddleboarding, diving, swimming and more. For the kids, there is Waterworld Waterpark in Ayia Napa or the Watermania Waterpark near the little village of Fasouri. If you can bear to leave the beach, head to the rugged interior of Cyprus for a day’s walking and you’ll be blown away by the flowers and herbs that flourish in rich abandon during the spring months.
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5. The Algarve, Portugal
Outdoor adventures, romantic sunset walks on the beach and safe family fun turn the Algarve coastline of Portugal into a great destination for your spring sun holidays in 2022. With temperatures reaching the mid-twenties, resorts such as Lagos, Albufeira and Faro are perfect for families. With beaches, theme parks and museums such as the National Maritime Museum, you’ll find plenty to entertain you. Get the children to look out for the storks’ nests sitting on top of Faro’s cathedral. Portimão, once a sardine fishing hub, is a relaxed and scenic place for a romantic spring break. It’s also a good base for sailing and golfing holidays, especially when you take advantage of off-season prices.
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If you want to head away from Europe for your April sun holiday but don’t want a long-haul flight, then spring in Morocco is truly delightful. Temperatures start to rise rapidly from mid-March, reaching an enjoyable 23°C by April. In spring, the hills are alive with the delicate colours of almond blossom while sheltered courtyards in bustling cities such as Casablanca and Chefchaouen are perfect for enjoying a leisurely coffee. If no holiday is complete without lazing on the beach, you’ll find beautiful options at Agadir, while history can be soaked up in Marrakech, the ‘Red City’. Take a stroll around the spectacular Bahia Palace with its lush gardens and delicate stucco work before shopping for souvenirs in the souks.
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If you’re happy to take a longer flight for the Easter holidays in the sun, then Mexico has average temperatures of 26°C in March and April. All-inclusive resorts at Cancun and Puerto Vallarta with their sandy beaches and lagoons teeming with sea life ensure the stresses of daily life are left well behind you. Ideal if your plan is to spend the days swimming in the sea and sunbathing on the beach. Feeling more energetic? Then, explore historic Chichen Itza or go hiking in the Tulum National Park or Oaxaca’s cloud forests. For the adventurous, there is the possibility of surfing the Pacific waves, snorkelling in the Caribbean Sea, or even whitewater rafting on Mexico’s rivers.
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Every child dreams of going to Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Studios in Orlando and the Easter holidays are the perfect time for making this come true. The resorts will be less crowded and, with temperatures around 28°C, cooler than later in the year. Florida is also made for romantic holidays for two. Laze on the beach in Miami before exploring its Art Deco architecture, go alligator spotting in the Everglades, or horseback riding on a traditional cattle ranch. Pick up a car and take a road trip driving from Miami to Key West, stopping off to explore the islands of the Florida Keys on the way. Be sure to arrive in Key West in time to catch the nightly sunset celebration in Mallory Square. It’s what holiday memories are made of.
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9. Bali, Indonesia
One destination that is guaranteed to deliver high spring temperatures for sun holidays in 2022 is the Indonesian island of Bali. Bali truly is a beach lover’s paradise. As well as temperatures in the early thirties, March and April are in the dry season so your days spent sunbathing on the beach or chasing the surf won’t be disrupted by rain. The resort of Canggu is charmingly relaxed, retaining a sense of the real Bali. Ubud does as well, especially if you’re looking for some spiritual revitalization combined with fine dining. It is home to Locavore, one of Asia’s best restaurants. Be sure to take some time out from the beach to explore Bali’s rugged interior with its mountains and volcanic peaks dotted with thousands of hillside temples such as Pura Luhur Batukau.
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With daily temperatures reaching 34⁰C, Dubai definitely guarantees Easter sun. Combined with long days of sunshine and a luxurious feel at affordable prices, Dubai is an Easter holiday destination with something for everybody. The whole family will have plenty of fun at attractions such as Ski Dubai, the Aquaventure Waterpark, and the Dubai Theme Park Resort. Dubai is also a place to enjoy a romantic getaway. Together, you can drift across the desert in a hot air balloon at sunrise, go canoeing at Hatta Dam or shop for jewelry in the Gold Souk. Whether you’re with the kids or on a romantic break, don’t miss the gloriously colorful spectacle of the Dubai Fountain in the Burj Khalifa.
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Slovenia beats the all-time national record with below -20 °C this morning. Numerous nearly 100 years old records broken with extreme cold across Europe
Many areas in Slovenia reached their coldest April morning over the last 100 years! The official meteorological station Nova vas na Blokah peaked at -20. 6 °C which has set a new all-time national record for the month of April since the records began. Numerous extreme cold records also across other parts of central and western Europe, deep freeze and morning frosts have been destructive.
As we expected, the weather models were not wrong this time. An unpreceded extreme cold has verified across many parts of Europe this Wednesday morning, following the significant and historic snow a day before. Snowfall with some accumulation was reported even at the seaside in Slovenia and Croatia islands (Kvarner area).
In Slovenia, the weather station Nova vas na Blokah hit -20.6 °C and set the new official lowest temperature for April (the previous record at the station Nova vas was -18.0 °C set on April 4th, 1970). There was another record of -26.1 °C recorded with an unofficial weather station in the village Retje near Loški Potok.
The previous official record for Slovenia was held by station Pokljuka (elevation approx 1350 m ASL), with -20. 4 °C set back on Apr 9th, 1956.
Many areas across the northern Balkans have seen even lower temperatures than they were during the last winter 2020/21. In the case of the Notranjska region in Slovenia (e.g. stations Nova vas na Blokah, Postojna, and Babno Polje) this was the colder morning of the winter.
2021 set a new record having temperatures lower in April than January. Even if it happens in March, it is extremely rare. This is just a plain example of how extremely cold and historic event this event and this morning was for April.
The main reason for these extreme cold records is the Arctic cold air mass that spread across a large part of Europe this week. Clear (no clouds) nights with barely any winds and fresh snow on the ground with dry air mass in the mid-levels are an ideal recipe for extremely cooling in the nighttime hours.
Unfortunately, these temperatures were so extremely low that the ongoing blossoming fruit trees and early growing states of the vegetation were simply burned and destroyed.
Very low temperatures with record-breaking cold and damaging frost ware also reported from parts of England, France, Germany, around the Alps, Italy, and Croatia.
Now, another night with very low temperatures is expected, with possibly again going well below -10 °C in many areas. This will give vegetation just another kick and worsen the situation and damage done. Sadly, this is the 5th year among the last 6 years when spring damaging frost occurs. There will also be cold again on Friday morning.
It might be the new normal as the warming periods at the end of winter and in early spring are becoming quite frequent lately. This helps vegetation to start earlier than usual, making it even more vulnerable for any potential cold outbreaks that normally follow at the end of March or within the month of April.
ARCTIC BLAST TURNS THE RECORD WARMTH TO RECORD COLD
The ongoing Arctic cold blast arrived less than a week after a very warm and locally record-warm period at the final days of March. The chart below (left one), provided by Scott Duncan, reveals some of the most impressive values recorded on the 31st of March.
It was +25.3 °C in Ljubljana (Slovenia), +26.0 °C in Paris (France), +26.8 °C in Koersel (Belgium), +26.1 °C in Arcen (the Netherlands), +26.3 °C in Ettelbreck (Luxembourg) and +27.2 °C in Rheinau (Germany). And also +32.3 °C in Badajoz (Spain), a very hot day for March to say at least! Many areas set their new March maximum temperature records.
The chart on the right indicates the historic Arctic blast which brought extreme cold over much of Europe just 6 days after, spreading over western Europe on the 5th and then 6th/7th over central Europe, the Balkans, and the Mediterranean. Becoming the historic and record-breaking cold outbreak for April.
EXTREME COLD IN SLOVENIA
Nova vas na Blokah hit -20.6 °C and set the new official lowest temperature for April in Slovenia (the previous record at the station Nova vas was -18. 0 °C set on April 4th, 1970).
Below are some of the most impressive and record-breaking values this morning:
-19.8 °C – Babno Polje (the previous record was -19.0 °C set on the April 4th, 1970)
-19.5 °C – Zadlog
-14.6 °C – Iskrba pri Kočevju
-13.1 °C – Marinča vas
-13.0 °C – Kočevje (the previous record was -10.5 °C set on the Apr 14th, 1986)
-11.6 °C – Dobliče pri Črnomlju (previos record was -5.5 °C set in 1955 and 1956)
There was another record of -26.1 °C recorded with an unofficial weather station in the village Retje near Loški Potok. The station is, however, not a part of the national meteorological station network, so the data are unofficial. But the records are still made with the proper equipment and WMO standards, so this is comparable to the official records by the national meteorological agency (ARSO).
EXTREME COLD IN CROATIA
Similar to the territory of Slovenia, also Croatia experienced extreme cold this morning. Although the clouds remaining with the front departing last night, the northern parts were badly hit with very low temperatures and indeed lead to a destructive frost.
The most impressive values in the lowlands can be seen below:
-8.1 °C in Karlovac (at 123 m ASL)
-7.0 °C in Slavsko Polje (at 206 m ASL)
-6.5 °C in Jastrebarsko (148 m ASL)
-6.3 °C in Labin (at 231 m ASL)
-6.2 °C in Zagreb (at 129 m ASL)
-5.2 °C in Buzet (at 53 m ASL)
All these areas and many others have low elevation, so the early spring greenage and blossoming trees were ongoing. So the damage done to the vegetation is significant to complete.
Also, a bit higher places over the Gorski Kotar and Lika plateau pushed the morning temperatures extremely low, even well below -10 °C. Thanks to fresh snow and clear skies most of the night.
-14.3 °C in Jelvica, Križpolje (at 550 m ASL)
-12.7 °C in Gospić (at 568 m ASL)
-9.4 °C in Oštarije, Ravnice (at 329 m ASL)
-7. 8 °C in Ogulin (at 324 m ASL)
RECORD COLD TEMPERATURES AND ALSO OVER WESTERN EUROPE
What is interesting about this cold blast over Europe this time is that it has affected a large part of the continent and the origin of the air mass is both the Arctic and maritime. Usually, these extreme cold events in spring happen with drier, continental air mass. The cold blast first spread over western Europe and then continued towards the central parts of Europe.
This Wednesday morning, it was very cold across France and the UK. An impressive cold with the lowest temperatures pushing 5 to 9 °C below freezing in eastern, central, and southern parts of France. Also over southern Germany.
Quite a cold morning also developed across England and Scotland. Benson (England) hit an impressive -7.5 °C this morning, it was -6.8 °C in Great Dun Fell, -6.2 °C in Shap, and -5.3 °C in Pershore. Attached below are temperatures this morning (left chart) and tabular data for the lowest temperatures for Apr 6th and 7th.
Very low temperatures with record cold values were already reported across France on Tuesday, thanks to the core of the cold pool spreading behind the Arctic front. Numerous weather stations have set the all-time lowest temperature records for April, those can be seen on the right side of the chart in the table.
The station Ruiel (28) hit -8.0 °C, breaking its previous record of -7.5 °C set on Apr 8th, 2003. Saint-Martin-du-Mont (21) hit -6.9 °C and set its new record after the previous record of -5.3 °C on Apr 3rd, 1996. Rouvroy-Les-Merles (60) broke its 40 years old record with -6.4 °C on Tuesday, breaking the old one of -5.4 °C set on April 10th, 1990.
THURSDAY MORNING WILL AGAIN BRING VERY LOW TEMPERATURES
It appears likely that the upcoming Wednesday night and Thursday morning will bring another day with extremely low temperatures. Thanks to the improved mid-level conditions, the general air mass is much drier, winds have weakened and snow remains on the ground or just around the hills and mountains around the valleys. The deep upper core with nearly -40 °C at 500 mbar height is just passing the northern Balkans with unstable weather.
Therefore we can expect it will be yet another rapid cooling overnight, with the potential for some areas to reach even lower temperatures than they experienced this Tuesday morning. The dewpoint temperatures are even below -10 °C in many areas, snow showers and even thunderstorms are ongoing in very cold air mass.
One would say this is quite typical for April. Indeed, but not so cold. We are in for another very cold night and even worse damage to the growing vegetation, which has been severely damaged or even totaled already this morning. It will also be again quite cold over Germany, Benelux, and France.
The most intense cold will likely occur over the Balkan peninsula, especially where the snow has accumulated last night. E.g. over western and northern Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia, and southern Serbia. As well as over parts of Romania, Albania, North Macedonia, and western Bulgaria.
The temperature will very likely slip into below -10 °C in some areas, potentially even close to or below -15 °C over the most prone areas for extreme cold mornings (closed valleys with snow).
***Graphics by Wetterzentrale, Wxcharts, and Meteociel.
Top 10 places with the highest temperature: where is the hottest place on earth
Planet Earth surprises with unique natural phenomena and a variety of temperatures in different parts. On hot summer days, it seems to people that in the sun the thermometer readings reach hundreds of degrees. Maximum values up to 70 degrees Celsius in the shade can indeed be found in some areas on the continents. Extreme marks are observed in 10 of the hottest places on Earth.
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Wadi Halfa, Sudan, 52.8°C
A small town with a population of 15,000 is located on the right bank of the Nile River near Lake Nasser. The original city was completely sunk by the flood of the reservoir, but after a while it was rebuilt 2 kilometers further from the lake.
The maximum temperature in this area was recorded at around 52.8 degrees in April 1967. On summer days, the thermometer is stable at 40 degrees. For decades, the city served as an important trading post on the road from Sudan to Egypt. Now the city is a passenger and commodity hub of the country. The railway connects Wadi Halfa with the capital Khartoum. A ferry runs on the lake, which provides communication with Aswan, the proud city of Egypt. nine0003
From time to time, local residents experience severe weather conditions, when strong dust storms begin. The unique phenomenon is called “Khabub”, and it precedes the beginning of a powerful thunderstorm.
Tirat Zvi, Israel, 53.9°C
Tirat Zvi is a religious kibbutz (agricultural community in Israel). Founded by Jewish repatriates near the border of Israel and Jordan in 1937. The city was attacked twice by Arab gangs, but the battle was repulsed by the locals with dozens of casualties on both sides. nine0003
In 1942, the hottest temperature in Asia was recorded in this area, the thermometer reached 53. 9 degrees Celsius. Despite the elevated air temperature, the soil of the kibbutz remains fertile due to the proximity of the Jordan River.
The commune has a population of 1000 people. The main income of local residents is based on the cultivation of dates. Tirat Zvi is the largest producer of dates in Israel. On the territory of the kibbutz grow 18,000 trees. The city has a meat processing plant that sells its products both domestically and abroad. Another unique way of earning money was obtained by local residents thanks to joint development with scientists. The well-known lulav plant (palm leaves used to build tents for the religious holiday of the Jewish people of Sukkot) is being sold. Experts have developed a way to better preserve palm leaves harvested in spring in preparation for the fall festival. Production has about 70 thousand leaves per event. nine0003
Timbukutu, Mali, 54°C
On the African continent in the southern part of the Sahara desert is the ancient city of Timbuktu. The population is just over 35,000 people. Until the 14th century, it was the spiritual and intellectual center of the Islamic religion. Since ancient times, it has been the center of the doctrine of Islamic states. In this area, the thermometer reached 54 degrees Celsius. The climate is hot and sharply continental. Caravan routes are often covered with sand during strong storms. The hottest months are May and June, at this time the average temperature of the thermometer is 34 degrees. In July and August, light precipitation falls, which manages to cause serious damage to clay buildings. Vegetation is sparse, mostly acacia. nine0003
Today Timbuktu is home to several important madrasahs (educational institutions), including Sankore, a UNESCO heritage site.
Three Muslim mosques have been erected in Timbuktu, which are highly valued by believers. It is here that the world’s largest collection of ancient manuscripts has been preserved for decades. Peculiar architectural buildings made it possible to classify Timbuktu as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kebili, Tunisia, 55°C
The city has become widely known among tourists and archaeologists for its historical finds. The most ancient fossils are more than 200 thousand years old. nine0003
The maximum temperature recorded in Kebili was 55 degrees Celsius. The city is notable for the fact that in the daytime the thermometer is at its maximum, and at night it drops to zero.
Kebili is classified as a tourist site. There are 10 different hotels here, among which there is a five-star one.
Ghadames, Libya, 55°C
The city is located in the western part of Libya, near the border of Tunisia and Algeria. Decades ago trade caravans passed through here. Ghadames received the second name “Pearl of the Desert” and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. nine0003
The main attraction of the ancient city is the buildings of several floors, created from raw clay with its natural moisture, excluding impurities of other materials. These houses were not built by chance. On sultry hot days, coolness remains inside, in winter it is warm. The stable daytime temperature in summer varies from +40 to +55 degrees.
Additional passages connecting the first levels of the development help save the city’s inhabitants from the scorching rays of the Sun. On the upper floors there are open-air terraces that connect the buildings located nearby. They were used only by women to move from one part of the building to another. nine0003
Death Valley, USA, 56.7°C
In eastern California, there is a desert valley that is often called the hottest on Earth. But there are areas on the planet with higher temperatures, but in the United States this is really the most arid and burning area.
In the summer days, the thermometer readings are stably within +46 – +50 degrees Celsius. The maximum mark was recorded in 1913 at 56.7 degrees Celsius. nine0003
Death Valley got its horrifying name during the gold rush of 1849-1850. Many gold miners tried to go through the valley in search of the precious metal, but instead of a reward, they found their death. The area is really rich in deposits of silver and gold, luring people who want to get easy money.
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Now the desert area attracts hundreds of tourists from all over the world due to its terrifying fame and amazing beauty of landscapes. The most famous place in this area is Zabriskie Point. The dried bottom of the former reservoir has created unique patterns from mud and salt like a giant lace on the ground. nine0003
El Azizia, Libya, 58.2°C
In 1922, the maximum temperature in the shade for this area was recorded at around 58.2 degrees Celsius. El Azizia has been considered the hottest point on the planet for many years. But in 2012, the World Meteorological Organization created a panel of experts who questioned the previously collected figures. They considered that at the beginning of the 20th century, researchers used unreliable means to confirm the air temperature and noted incorrect indicators. Currently, in the city in hot weather, the thermometer does not rise above 33 degrees. nine0003
Tourists do not like to visit El-Aziziya because of the constant gusts of wind, which sharply reduces the temperature by cooling the air to +20. In a short period of time, the weather quickly changes from a scorching sun to a cold wind. Despite the uncomfortable conditions, more than 300 thousand people live in the city.
Turpan, China, 66.7°C
The urban district of Turpan is located in the northeastern part of China with a population of just over 550,000 people. This is the driest and hottest place in the country. nine0003
Thanks to the underground springs and the high fertility of the soil, Turpan looks like an oasis in the middle of the desert. Underground water flows in channels through vertical and horizontal wells, which are connected to each other and represent the soil water supply system for plant growth.
Queensland, Australia, 68.9°C
Queensland is located in the northeast of the mainland. It is the third largest among the states of Australia, has more than 4.3 million people. In 2003, the continent experienced a severe drought. At this time, a NASA satellite recorded a temperature of 68.9 in the central part of the state.degrees Celsius.
The state has very little rainfall and a hot summer climate. Due to the vast territory of Queensland, humidity and air temperature are different. In the far north, there is a wet monsoon; in the east, the warm waters of the ocean influence.
The region is in high demand among tourists. The area is famous for a variety of parks, tropical thickets and hiking trails, attractions. The main visiting card of Queensland is the Great Barrier Reef with a variety of underwater inhabitants, which is visited daily by divers. nine0003
Deshte Lut, Iran, 70°C
Iran’s border with Afghanistan is the hottest place on Earth. Deshte-Lut ranks 25th among the sandy-saline deserts of the world. Its length from north to south is 400-450 km, and from west to east 200-250 km.
In the spring, the weather in the desert changes from scorching heat to several days of rain. But the moisture dries quickly on hot sand. A strong wind helps to dry the earth. Dust storms create and move from place to place dunes up to 300 meters high. nine0003
The Iranian desert is considered one of the driest on the planet, where extreme thermometer readings are recorded. Thanks to the NASA satellite with the latest equipment installed on board, in 2003-2005 the highest air temperature on Earth was recorded, the mark reached +70.7 degrees Celsius.
The weather in the Maldives or when is the best time to go for a paradise vacation
When planning a trip to the Maldives, it is important to choose the right period that best suits your preferences and ideas about what an ideal vacation is. nine0003
Basking in the sun on the ocean? Diving or snorkelling? Go on excursions? Sitting in a luxurious room, calmly sipping a delicious drink and reading a book under the sound of rain? Or are you inspired by fantastic sunsets and sunrises, which it is also desirable to capture in photos and videos for history? There are pedants who will consider the vacation spoiled if the conditions of the transfer cannot be met due to weather vagaries.
In the article we will tell you in detail how to avoid uncertainty as much as possible and prepare for possible surprises. It is important to remember the main thing here: the Maldives are beautiful in any period and season. nine0003
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Climate on the islands: general characteristics
The Republic of Maldives is located in the equator and in the middle of the Indian Ocean, which means that the local tropical monsoon climate is determined by the direction of the prevailing winds. It must be remembered that the island nation stretches for almost 900 kilometers from the server to the south and has a completely flat relief: the highest point of the archipelago – 2.4 meters above sea level – is located on the territory of the southern Addu (Siinu) atoll. Because of this, there are almost no special temperature differences between the weather on the atolls at the same time, and it can pour like a bucket anywhere and at any time, while it will be dry for several tens of kilometers. Such is it, the equatorial climate … At different times of the year, air and water temperatures remain stable and are within 24-30 degrees. But regarding the amount of precipitation by months, there is a difference, and a significant one.
One more thing: when choosing a location in the archipelago, it should be taken into account that the influence of monsoons is more pronounced on the northern atolls of the Maldives – for example, on Haa Dhaala with the administrative center of Kulhudhuffushi, when compared with Gan Island, located in the southern Addu (Seenu) Atoll. nine0003
Sunny weather on a Maldivian beach
Seasons around the equator
Seasons in our understanding of the Maldivian archipelago are almost indistinguishable. What can be winter at the equator? But there are two main seasons. The dry period is from December to mid-April. At this time, northeast winds dominate the archipelago, bringing heat. In April, the southwest monsoon begins to rule the ball, and with it heavy rains and storms come. At the beginning of the first summer month, this monsoon finally reaches the Maldives and literally “makes the weather” until the end of August. The maximum amount of precipitation occurs in May, and the minimum falls in February. Although there are nuances in the weather by months, they will be discussed in a special section of the article. nine0003
Heavy rain in the Maldives
Tourism boom or high season – when and why (rain, wind, temperature, sea clarity)
The weather is of great importance for the tourism infrastructure of the Maldives, and the main influx of tourists occurs here during the most favorable season. After all, rest on the archipelago is valuable not for the presence of cultural and historical attractions (of which there are few), not for extreme entertainment or shopping, but for good weather, that is, the opportunity to give yourself maximum relaxation in a comfortable resort in the bosom of wonderful nature. nine0003
For outdoor activities, certain conditions are required: for diving and snorkeling – the transparency of the water, for windsurfing – the presence of wind. There are also other factors that affect the ability to fly a seaplane or sail on a yacht in the open ocean. And the air temperature is also important – not everyone will like walking in a jacket in a strong wind, and this sometimes happens in the Maldives.
- The high tourist season on the islands traditionally lasts from November to April, with annual “peaks” falling on the New Year and Christmas holidays. The high season is known as “Iruvay”, meaning the winter monsoon, in the Dhivehi language. Occasionally there are heavy rains, but in general, during this period, the weather is able to satisfy the needs of visitors as much as possible. Prices for hotels and entertainment are rising. nine0127
- Interestingly, the same “prickly” prices are in August, although this month is far from ideal when it comes to climate. The fact is that at the end of the summer, European tourists come to the Maldives en masse, spending holidays or traditional holidays here.
- Frequent rain, low cloud skies most likely between May and November – this is the summer monsoon or “Khalhangu”. But many vacationers are no longer scared by the words “out of season”, and this is no coincidence. Each month has its advantages and disadvantages. Let’s consider the main ones. nine0099
Resort beach in the Maldives
Monthly weather (quick review)
In the first month of the year in the Maldives, the sky is clear, the ocean is calm, it rains only occasionally (according to statistics, 2-3 days during the month). The air temperature fluctuates between 27-30°C and the water 25-28°C. Humidity is quite comfortable. Storms are practically non-existent. For lovers of sailing on a yacht – the time is ideal. In addition, in winter in the Maldives, the sun stays above the horizon for the longest time. nine0003
January offers chances for good weather, but be prepared for high prices, especially if you’re visiting the island nation during Christmas. Many people don’t mind this moment. And early booking will help to avoid exorbitant financial waste and choose a resort at the best prices.
Yachting in the Maldives | Anantara Dhigu Maldives Resort
In February, the longest daylight hours are about 10 hours. The weather is reminiscent of January, except that there is even less rainfall. The average air temperature is 28-29°C This is the height of the high season, so the prices are appropriate. Moreover, the holiday of St. Valentine, to celebrate which many couples of lovers come to a romantic corner of the world. Toward the end of the month, the wind begins to increase, and the waves rise higher.
Romantic holidays in the Maldives | Meeru Island Resort & Spa
In March, the winter monsoon season enters the finish line, but so far the weather is excellent. Sunny days are typical for the March Maldives. The probability of rain is about once a week or a little more, and it is quite possible that it will not be a short fleeting rain, but a downpour for the whole night or day. The daytime temperature is kept at 30°C, and at night it drops to 27-28°C. Given the humidity, this point is unlikely to add comfort. Although everything is relative. nine0003
Sunny weather Maldives | Baglioni Resort Maldives
April, especially the second half of the month, no longer hints, but says in plain text: the time you have chosen for the trip is not the most favorable. April weather is best described by one word: unpredictable. On average, 3-5 heavy, but short-term rains fall on ten days. The amount of precipitation is doubled compared to March. The air gets hotter and the humidity rises.
With all these nuances, there are people who prefer to rest in the Maldives in April.
- Firstly, it is easier to acclimatize (than if you fly from winter to summer), and secondly, in their opinion, why go in the summer when it is also warm at home, and the season is low in the archipelago? Logically. But if you choose April, then preferably its first half. It is worth remembering that the water is already more muddy than it was in winter – scuba divers and divers understand why this is important.
- In April, high season prices still remain in many resorts, but inexpensive offers can already be found, as well as air tickets. Not counting travel for the Easter festivities. nine0127
In May, the rainy season begins in the Maldives. The southwest monsoon dictates its own rules of the game. It rains for almost half of the month. The temperature does not drop below 29°C, the humidity is high, so it can be stuffy. A strong wind causes waves, and with them the turbidity of the water increases. In practice, this always manifests itself in different ways. Due to heavy rain, the ferry can be canceled and if you really need to go, you have to order a private boat. From the intense heat, you want to hide in the water, but here it is important not to get burned, because the sun is very active. But even out of season, the sea is magnificent – warm, clean, turquoise, without waves. And the rains (more often showers) do not come so often, and even then mostly at night . ..
During the southwest monsoon in May, strong winds often blow, bringing with it another problem. Waves break on the reef surrounding or adjacent to the island. But in the coastal waters, in the lagoon, this causes turbulence and the water becomes cloudy, with a visibility of only 2-3 meters. In addition to the fact that it is difficult to see something at a depth, sand is clogged everywhere and this does not add comfort. But fans of the Maldives formulate it differently: the sea during this period is not muddy – it is just muddier than in the high season. nine0003
The mosquito breeding season begins in May. As a rule, these are rather harmless creatures. They are not on the beaches, especially in the resorts, they are strictly monitored there. But in restaurants and cafes, special frightening candles are placed on the floor. But if you are afraid of the consequences of a bite, take an insect repellent with you on a trip: no one has yet canceled repellents.
Weather during the rainy season in the Maldives
According to statistics, June is the rainiest month in the Maldives. Many believe that due to the instability of the weather, the sea is dirty and in June the rest on the islands will be spoiled. Whether this is so can be tested in practice. With luck (and luck happens not so rarely), the rains will go as scheduled, for ten minutes, and the sun will peek out between them. In the end, even in winter, during the high season, there is a chance to get into a wet strip when it is watered from heaven for a whole week in a row. nine0003
Diving and snorkeling enthusiasts should remember that underwater visibility in the summer months, as well as in September and partly in November, is much better on the western side of any of the islands of the archipelago, and in winter – on the eastern side. So the recipe for solving the problem is simple: if the sea is muddy on one side of the island, you can simply go to the opposite shore. And since all the islands are tiny, it will not be difficult to walk a few hundred meters.
Skies in solid clouds – this is about July. Stronger than average winds are especially pleasing to surfers. But even in such wet weather, both the islands and the reefs leave travelers with strong impressions. As a rule, in mid-July, the storms are already subsiding, showers are a little less frequent than in previous months, and small waves do not interfere with swimming even in bad weather. Sitting all day in a bungalow, hiding from the rain, is quite real in July, so you should ask in advance if your chosen resort has at least a minimum amount of entertainment in case of wet weather. By the way, on July 26, Independence Day is celebrated in the Maldives – with parades, fireworks and other paraphernalia. nine0003
August is no different from other summer months, except that there are more tourists. In the morning and in the evening you can observe drizzle, turning into heavy rain. However, the positive of summer rain is that it neutralizes the humidity and stuffiness in the air, while the temperature remains high: around 28 ° C during the day, 25 ° C at night. The average number of days with precipitation is from 11 to 14.
Those who do not tolerate the humid August heat and are preparing for hardships and hardships of this kind, relying on previous experience (say, Alanya in August) can be reassured a little. The climate in the Maldives is much milder than in Turkey. But the sun is very active: the equator …
In September, it rains a lot in the Maldives, it is often windy and the heat subsides. It is likely that on your dates it will rain only 20 minutes a day, but you can’t guess that. The amount of precipitation in September reaches 200 millimeters, there are thunderstorms, but it is typical that during the day showers rarely last longer than an hour.
Regarding the turbidity of the water, it all depends on the direction of the wind: if it blows from the beach, then a lot of sandy suspension will fall into the sea. Improvisation in this situation is possible, for this, choose an island so that there are other pieces of land nearby, where you could escape for a while – the water there can be much clearer. nine0003
Many islands in the archipelago have a central lagoon, often referred to as the inland sea. The peculiarity is that inside the lagoons the ocean is not as strong as in open space. In the lagoons, it is much quieter, calmer, the ocean wave breaks on the reefs and practically does not reach the shore, because of this, the water is less turbid.
If you come to the archipelago in October, you need to mentally prepare for the rains. They definitely will. But how often and with what intensity, it is impossible to predict. Someone considers the weather great, having caught only one day with rain and a hurricane in two weeks. There may be another day of intermittent rain. And all the rest – as ordered, with a clear sky …
Daylight hours in October are about 8 hours. The air warms up to +30°C during the day, the ocean – up to +29°C. Divers make do with plankton-heavy waters, and surfers fold their lines as their season ends.
In November, the sun spoils the inhabitants and guests of the archipelago least of all: daylight hours are only about six hours. In the daytime (as well as at night) the sky is covered with clouds, it often rains. But it is also clear and sunny, of course. The air temperature fluctuates between 28 °C during the day and 24 °C at night. Swimming after a downpour is not very comfortable: the water in the ocean is warm, but when you go ashore, you feel cold, as the rain is cool. nine0003
Anyway, the high season starts in November. But the climate on the planet in recent years has brought such surprises that it is impossible to guess when the Maldivian weather will be the most favorable. As the Maldivians themselves say, there is no rain on the islands from January to April, and the rest of the time everything is possible .
December marks the beginning of the real high season, but if you want to increase your confidence that the weather conditions will be favorable for your vacation, it is better to plan a trip for the second half of the month. Prices go through the roof in December, but the sun, lack of rain and comfortable temperatures in the last month of the year are almost guaranteed. In the morning on the thermometer + 28 ° C, in the afternoon – already up to + 32 ° C. The humidity of the air decreases, stuffiness disappears. But storms at sea are quite expected. nine0003
Holiday weather in Maldives | Amilla Fushi Resort Villas & Residences
Diving and snorkeling – where and what weather is better
Both diving and snorkeling are perhaps the most favorite activities for those who relax in the Maldives. And it’s natural. It is rare where else you can find such a combination of super-comfortable recreation conditions with the opportunity to see the life of the underwater world up close. Yes, compared to the Red Sea, the Maldives are inferior in terms of the richness of flora and fauna species. But in terms of the magnificence of colors, colors and especially the size of marine life, no one in the world can compare with them. You can usually see turtles, whale sharks, fish and a whole kaleidoscope of tropical sea creatures here. If pre-dive diving requires serious preparation, then ordinary snorkeling on the house reef, just a few meters from the beach, can give a lot of impressions even to a beginner. nine0003
- Diving in the Maldives is open all year round, but experts recommend the period from November to May. At this time, the sky is mostly free of clouds, and the surface of the ocean is at rest. Visibility under water on the eastern side of the atolls reaches 20-30 meters deep, while on the western side – 15-20 meters.
- Diving in summer is not a good idea. The sea is very worried until September. In October, the water is quite muddy due to the huge amount of plankton. The ideal time to dive into the Indian Ocean is from January to April: calm weather, maximum visibility in the water. It is important to remember that coastal waters in this corner of the earth are characterized by strong currents at any time of the year, which means that the services of qualified instructors should not be neglected, even if you are a pro. nine0127
- Encounters with marine life depend on more than just seasonal factors. For example, whale sharks are more likely to be spotted during high tides, and hammerhead sharks rise from the depths to shallow waters at sunrise.
Snorkeling in the Maldives
When and where to watch manta rays
The highlight of the archipelago is manta rays, or sea devils. Huge, about five meters wide, they live in the coastal zone, as well as near coral reefs and island groups. The period when you are most likely to see them is from May to October on the eastern side of the atolls, and from December to March on the western outskirts of the atolls. There is a high probability of meeting them in the waters near the Raa and Baa atolls. And the best place to get acquainted with the manta ray is Hanifaru Bay on Baa Atoll, where the only UNESCO biosphere reserve in the Maldives is open. nine0003
Are rays dangerous to humans? Manta – definitely not, but among their relatives there are not so harmless. Not all stingrays have the spikes that horror stories tell about. In addition, they swim close to the bottom and in good weather they can be seen far away. In a sandy lagoon, and even if the sea is muddy, visibility is worse. But it is worth remembering that even the Black Sea is full of stingrays, and no one panics because of this. During a holiday in the Maldives, it is enough to follow the golden rule: under water you can look at everything, but you can’t touch anything. nine0003
Manta ray in the Maldives | Kuredu Island Resort & Spa
Weather & Transfers
Weather conditions play a huge role in the transport system of the Maldives archipelago, because in most cases it is water transport. Seaplanes require excellent conditions, so bad weather can prevent you from getting from one place to another in this romantic way. For safety reasons, it is advisable to always set a large margin for the departure time from the hotel to the airport (even if it is extremely early). There may be situations when, due to heavy rain or storms, you have to wait an hour or two for normal weather to take off by seaplane. The speedboat is more predictable, especially when it comes to a private transfer. It happens that due to bad weather do not go to sea and ferries. But flights of local airlines are canceled or postponed in exceptional cases. nine0003
Seaplane in the Maldives | Asad Photo Maldives
Wedding in perfect weather – how to guess
A honeymoon in the Maldives is the dream of many newlyweds. To say which time period will be optimal for a trip can be based on the preferences of the newlyweds.
- But the most special wedding ceremony will still take place in winter. The minimum chances of rainy weather, which means that you will be able to feel and fix what is happening as accurately as possible. nine0127
- But what if the wedding in the Maldives is scheduled for the summer, for example? Also a good option, especially if you want to become the heroes of the Maldivian wedding ritual. After all, wedding ceremonies are a feature of many travel agencies, they provide for everything to the smallest detail. The weather will not be able to spoil the high spirits and the feeling of the holiday, and the organizers are worried that even a speck of dust (let alone a rain) will not fall on your shoulders. But even if the sky is overcast, which is very likely, the white Maldivian beaches that look so beautiful in wedding photos are at your service all year round. nine0127
- You can also pre-order a celebration directly in one of the hotels – they provide a wedding ceremony only for the minimum number of nights spent with them. For a hefty price, of course. But you will know for sure that you will be protected from weather surprises one hundred percent.
And another important point : after the end of the ceremony you will be given… a fake wedding certificate. In the Maldives, there is no way to officially register marriages, so the symbolic ceremony will not have legal force. Wedding celebrations are not held on holidays and weekends. For example, on New Year’s Eve. nine0277
Wedding ceremony in the Maldives | Meeru Island Resort & Spa
Cruises and the possibility of a storm
Many Maldivian hotels, as well as individual private companies, offer vacationers cruises on comfortable ships to the open ocean. As a rule, they include diving in unusual places or snorkeling on the most beautiful reefs. The ideal period for this type of outdoor activity is winter, preferably January. In summer, a sea safari can be overshadowed by poor visibility in the water, which makes it difficult to see underwater life in all its glory. Often at this time, the ocean is so restless that excursions are completely canceled or rescheduled for a more favorable time. In the event of a storm, strong gusts of wind are frequent – up to 150 kilometers per hour. By the way, windsurfers prefer to vacation in the Maldives between March and October. nine0003
The good news for fishermen is that there is something to be caught in the Maldives. It is only important to know that fishing from the shore, as well as spearfishing in the archipelago, is prohibited by law . Therefore, in any case, you will have to rent a yacht, or a boat from local residents. Between September and May, a good catch is almost guaranteed.
Fishing at the resort | Meeru Island Resort & Spa
Note to photographers
The summer monsoon season brings a lot of rain, this fact should be taken into account for those who dream of having a series of photo shoots in the Maldives. Absolutely clear skies sometimes have to wait quite a long time at this time. But on the other hand, real pros will be rewarded with something else: it is in summer that photographers can witness the most expressive and breathtaking sunsets. If you want to shoot a lot, without problems and not bothering too much – take photo and video equipment and go to the islands in winter. nine0003
Sunset in the Maldives | Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa
Weather and budget – what is the connection between them
Since holidays in the Maldives can not always be called budget, it makes sense to think carefully about how to reduce spending.
- Season or off season. This moment is one of the most important. In the high season, the weather is great and, accordingly, the maximum housing prices.
- Transfer. In a downpour or storm, instead of an economical trip by ferry, you will have to get to the island on a speedboat, which is much more expensive. Or by plane of local airlines. nine0127
- Upgrade and bonuses. In the off-season, many hotels and island resorts not only reduce prices. You can find good offers for room upgrades. For example, you pay for a standard, and they put you in a deluxe – of course, if there are free rooms. Similarly, with bonuses (say, a free spa treatment or excursion and massage): to attract potential guests, they are generously offered during the low season.
- Entertainment. In good weather (sunny, not high humidity, calm sea) there are much more opportunities to have fun in the bosom of nature. After all, most activities require comfortable weather conditions. Accordingly, expenses can significantly lighten the wallet. nine0127
- Number of days. Here the principle is this: the fewer days you plan to live on the island (for example, 3 or 5), the more chances you have to spoil your vacation due to bad weather. Yes, in this case it will be possible to save money on accommodation, but does it make sense? Experienced travelers are advised to go to the archipelago for at least two weeks, in order to surely catch more sunny days, no matter what season – high or low – your holiday is. But where to live and how much to pay for housing, you need to choose thoughtfully and in advance. nine0127
“Weather” sites and global climate change
- Before the trip (especially if it is the first one) it is advisable to monitor resources with information about the weather in the region. There are many such sites, for example: the State Meteorological Service of the Maldives.
- A separate section on many resources shows up-to-date data on extreme events – in the Maldives these are hurricanes and typhoons.
- Useful information can also be easily gleaned from satellite pictures. nine0127
- You can also explore historical data about what the weather was like in previous years in the place you are looking at.
Do you trust weather information on websites unconditionally? No, it’s not worth it. Firstly, it is constantly updated when it comes to the current weather. Secondly, the weather in the capital, Male, can differ significantly from what will happen on the islands of the archipelagos, located several hundred kilometers away. During the low season, weather websites often forecast thunderstorms with a probability of 90%, but in fact it may turn out that there are sunny days ahead in the place where you are going.
Practice shows that even on nearby islands there can be different weather conditions at the same time. Say, a seaplane does not risk landing on the water next to one island, but near the neighboring one, located 3-4 kilometers away, it is.
Global climate change makes itself felt not only with rising temperatures, but above all with abrupt changes in weather conditions that have been typical for a particular place for decades.