climate of the Maldives is warm year round, as determined
by the monsoons. However, being on the equator, the
monsoons are mild and not as well-defined as in neighbouring
countries. Of the two monsoons, the southwest monsoon
from May to October brings some rain and wind. The northeast
monsoon, from November to April, is the dry season,
with very little wind. The temperature varies little,
with an annual average daily maximum of 30.4 degrees
Celsius and a minimum of 25.9 degrees Celsius. The annual
rainfall stood at just over 1,900 millimetres in 1996.
In the same year, the country had over 2,800 hours of
sunshine, an average of about 8 hrs a day.