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Cyclones on the Maldives

Cyclones occur rarely on the Maldives. On average, they happen about once per year.

The typical cyclone season depends on the summer monsoon. In the months before (May to June) and after (October to November), the most severe storms occur.

The Maldives have certainly been affected by the foothills of several cyclones, but during the past 12 months no cyclone reached the inhabited areas on land.

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Most violent cyclones on the Maldives since 2018

Tauktae: 14th to 19th May 2021

Region:
Arabian Sea
Wind speed:
max. 220 km/h
Diameter:
max. 167 km
Air pressure:
below 935 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 4
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On May 14th, 2021 at 5:00 pm it had the shortest distance at about 546 km north of Dhidhdhoo in Upper North.

Maha: 28th October to 11th November 2019

Region:
Arabian Sea
Wind speed:
max. 185 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 956 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 3
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On October 30th, 2019 at 11:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 250 km northwest of Dhidhdhoo in Upper North.

Vayu: 8th to 18th June 2019

Region:
Arabian Sea
Wind speed:
max. 148 km/h
Diameter:
max. 185 km
Air pressure:
below 970 mbar
Saffir-Simpson scale:
category 1
The cyclone did not make direct landfall. On June 09th, 2019 at 5:00 am it had the shortest distance at about 382 km north of Dhidhdhoo in Upper North.


These evaluations are based on data from the National Centers for Environmental Information of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Individual data have been summarized or translated.
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