Weather in Mauritius
Due to its location on the southern hemisphere, the seasons in Mauritius are reversed in comparison to Europe. However, you cannot divide the Mauritian weather into 4 seasons. Instead, October, November and December are called ‘hot’, January, February and March ‘hot and humid’ and April until September ‘pleasant and dry.’
It is hard to define the best time for a holiday in Mauritius. In principle, Mauritius offers great swimming conditions all year round. If you enjoy heat and want to escape snow and rain in Europe, book your holiday between November and March. During the day, temperatures reach a maximum of 33°C and at night-time rarely fall below 26°C. During this time, the average water temperature is about 29°C. It is also the season for tropical fruits, such as mangoes and litchis.
If you are sensitive to heat and like to do other activities aside from swimming, such as hiking, horse riding, biking and going on excursions, you are better off booking your holiday between April and October. Especially in the north, showers rarely occur during this time. During the day, temperatures vary between 24 and 30°C and water temperatures between 23 and 27°C.
Tropical cyclones occur during the hot and humid season from January until March. These storms occasionally occur in the Indian Ocean and are rather harmless, as long as you stay inside.
Daylight Hours in Mauritius
The longest days in Mauritius occur over December, with almost 13.5 daylight hours per day. Whereas, the shortest day with around 11 daylight hours occurs in June. The sun rises around 5.30 am and sets roughly around 7 pm in December. In June the sun rises around 6.30 am and sets around 5.30 pm.
Weather according to location
Mauritius has its own microclimate. Depending on your location, the sun might be shining in one place while a few 100 metres further, it might be pouring with rain. Weather statistics must therefore be treated with caution. Also keep in mind that weather apps mostly show Mauritius being cloudy which is only due to our high humidity levels.
The cardinal directions feature following characteristics:
The north is relatively flat and warmer than other parts of the island. There are significantly fewer days of rain in the north of Mauritius compared to the center of the island or the south coast. The east is slightly cooler than the north but associated with more rainy days and tends to be windy, especially between May and September. In the south it rains considerably more, almost daily during the rainy season, as a consequence, humidity is higher than in other parts of the island. The west, just like the north, is drier than other parts.