The Maldives are a year-round destination with a near constant temperature of 86°F (30°C). The water temperature remains steady never falling below 77°F (25°C) and reaching 84°F (29°C) during high season. However the islands are tropical and therefore also subject to two distinct seasons, or monsoons. April is a transitional time between these two seasons and is known for the clear water, which is appealing to divers. The iruvai (northeast monsoon) is hot and dry and runs from December to April, making this the official high season when the islands enjoy little rain and low humidity. Rain is more likely from May to November (during hulghangu, or southwest monsoon), making this the official low season.