Mauritius – Weather
You’ll find the weather in Mauritius is perfect all year round. There really isn’t a bad time to visit, as it’s always pleasantly warm with plenty of sunshine.
Located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, the island’s temperature doesn’t vary a huge amount throughout the year. It rarely drops below 17°C or rises above 31°C, so it’s neither too cold nor too hot.
As it’s in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are opposite to the UK. The warm season is from early December until the beginning of April, where the average daily high temperatures are 29°C. The hottest day of the year usually falls at the start of February when the mercury hits about 30°C. It’s definitely shorts and t-shirt weather, with a daytime temperature that doesn’t drop below 23°C.
The ‘cold’ season isn’t really cold at all, so you can put away those coats. Running from mid-June until the end of September, the lowest temperature (usually in August) is usually around 19°C with highs of around 25°C. That’s a lovely summer’s day in the UK.
Some holidaymakers prefer to visit in the spring and autumn, when the island is less busy, prices are a little lower, but the climate is still lovely. The average temperature in October is 25°C while it hovers around 26°C in April.
You’ll be pleased to know that humidity is moderated by the southeast trade winds that blow cooling breezes across the island. The hurricane season is from November to April though they are rare.
It’s wettest in the summer, when rain falls an average of 11 days a month, but showers won’t interfere with your enjoyment of your holiday. The refreshing bursts don’t stay for long and you barely have time to shelter before the sun comes out again. In fact, there are up to eight hours of sunshine a day so make sure you pack that sunscreen. It’s a good idea to also throw a jumper or cardigan into your suitcase so you’re prepared for cooler evenings. If you dream of beach sunsets, choose a resort on the western-facing coast.
You’ll find some regional variations in the weather in Mauritius. The northern and western areas of the island are protected by mountains so tend to be warmer and drier than the eastern and southern regions. And temperatures along the coast are about three to five degrees higher than inland, meaning the central plateau has cooler weather that’s perfect for hiking. The north receives slightly more hours of sunshine than the south.
Even in the winter months the water temperature is an enjoyable 22°C, making it warm enough to go swimming in the sea and take part in water sports throughout the year.