The rainfall deficit over the Northern and Central islands continues to be in excess of 20% during the last 365 days. Recent rainfall events have mitigated this deficit slightly. In Southern islands, a surplus cumulative rainfall compared to the average of last 8 years was observed for the first time in this year. Highest observed rainfall for this year was observed during April/ May. In Southern Maldives this amount is the highest observed rainfall in these regions in the past 5 years. Seas around Maldives have also cooled down. A negatively anomalous sea surface temperature is observed instead of the positive anomaly which has persisted during the last couple of months.
Image: Observed rainfall (Top) and Rainfall Deficit in South Maldives (Bottom)