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A string of pearls scattered over the deep blue Indian Ocean. From the air they look like a thousand shimmering jewels in a sea of velvet; an artist's fantasy or a photographer's dream. The Maldives, meaning 'garland of islands' has occupied a special place in the hearts of its visitors, reflected even in the very first writings about it. Marco Polo called it 'flowers of the Indies' others believed it was 'one of the wonders of the world'.

The Maldives consists of 1190 island grouped into 26 natural atolls. The atolls and islands of the Maldives are scattered over an area of 90,000 sq km in the Indian Ocean, straddling the equator between latitudes 7 6" North and 041" South and longitudes 72 32" and 73 45" East.No more than 200 islands are inhabited, the rest includes the 87 tourist resorts and uninhabited islands, some of which are used for drying fish or other agricultural activities.

The capital Malé, the seat of government and the centre of trade, commerce, business, health and education, is located in the middle of the atoll chain, a small island buzzing with the sounds and activities of about 75.000 people which is about one third of the population.
Today the country is better known as an exotic tourist destination. Over few decades Maldives has gained tremendous growth in Tourism industry with over 500,000 (five hundred thousand) tourists to Maldives every year


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Climate of Maldives

Usually warm throughout the year, Maldives has a climate that is largely determined by the circulation of the monsoon winds blowing across the Indian Ocean. Its location on the equatorial region saves Maldives from the severe tropical storms and cyclones characteristic for an island. In fact, Maldives is endowed with mild monsoonal climate.

Two monsoon seasons prevail upon Maldives - the Northeast monsoon from November to April and the Southwest monsoon which is from May to October. The Northeast monsoon is characterized by little rain and a relatively dry period. March and April bring forth the hottest days of the year with light Northeast winds and sea breezes blowing with increasing frequency.

Starting in April till May, the change in seasons is marked by strong winds, rain and a drop in the night temperature. By the end of May, the winds are predominantly southwest

The Southwest monsoon is more prevalent from June to September. This season is relatively wet with heavy rainfall, strong gales and rough seas marking the season. Light winds during October till November end mark the transition in seasons during this time.

As far as the day to day temperature is concerned, there isn't much variation through the year with the maximum averaging around 30.4° C, and the minimum averaging around 25.4° C.

Nevertheless, there is a variation in the temperature between the Northern and Southern Atolls. The Northern atolls experience light showers whereas the Southern Atolls experience more rainy days and thereby more rainfall.

The relative humidity ranges from 73% to 85%

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