You have planned to spend holidays in Mauritius, but you are still wondering when is the best time of the year to do so… Here is what you basically need to know about Mauritian weather to book the best dates for your holidays.
Mauritius enjoys tropical climate with two prevailing seasons: austral summer and austral winter.
Austral summer lasts from October to April, with some changes in the weather. In October, November and December, it gradually gets hot with up to 28¬°C during the day but cooler temperatures in the evening, while seawater can reach up to 26°C. The weather is usually hot and dry in December, while January, February and March are the hottest and dampest months of the year, with temperatures that can easily reach 30°C. Seawater temperature nears 28°C. April brings a transition to winter months. The weather becomes dry, heat waves are behind, nights are cooler and sea temperature is around 26°C.
Austral winter lasts from May to September with temperatures around 25°C. Evenings and nights are colder and temperature can fall down to 15°C in some areas, especially in the central region. There might be light and scattered rain showers. With an average water temperature at 24°C within the lagoon, swimming is still pleasurable.
Weather overview by region
The northern coast enjoys hot temperatures and light winds, which make it a nice place to be all year round.
The eastern coast is exposed to trade winds – ideal to cope with January-to-March high temperatures. Consider this!
The southern coast is also windy and offers a cooler alternative to hot regions.
As the least exposed to wind, the western coast records high temperatures in summer and is ideal for those who delight in summer heat.
With lower temperatures and greater rainfall than the coast, the central region offers fewer accommodation options to holidaymakers.
Rain and cyclone
Tropical weather also means tropical storms. Heavy showers are usually expected during the hottest months of January, February and March, while the rain is generally light and scattered in winter. The central region and the eastern coast are the wettest, while the West and the North are less affected by rain.
The cyclonic season extends from January to March, but chances remain low since Mauritius suffers a severe storm every 15 years. Heavy rains and squalls are more common – nothing to be scared of!
You are now well-informed and ready to book a flight and a hotel in Mauritius!