Mauritius, Mauritius: Live Weather
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- Sunrise 05:51
- Sunset 18:36
|Temp feels like:||84°F (29°C)|
|Length of Day:||12h 45m|
|Pressure:||29.42" (996 hpa)|
|Visiblity:||10 miles (16 km)|
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Weather in Mauritius
Mauritius is an island that lies off the coast of Africa in the south west of the Indian Ocean. It sits 900km to the east of Madagascar and the republic of Mauritius is in fact made up of several islands including the main island of Mauritius, the island of Rodrigues, the Agalega islands and the Cargados Carajos Shoals. The islands of Reunion and Mauritius make up the Mascarene Islands. Mauritius is the most densely populated country in all of Africa- with a population mass of 610 people per square kilometre.
The beautiful island, one of the richest countries in Africa, is one of the leading tourist destinations in the world, receiving approximately seven million visitors across the year. It is estimated that around 100,000 British tourists visit Mauritius every year. Mauritius plays host to some of the most spectacular beaches in all of the Indian Ocean such as Grand Bay, Belle Mare, Blue Bay, La Morne and Tamarin and Flic en Flac. The island of Mauritius has long been known for its amazing natural beauty, so much so that Mark Twain the famous author put it well when he said "You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius".
The climate in Mauritius is largely tropical, though the humid hot conditions are moderated by the southeast trade winds that blow across the region. The island lies within the south tropical belt and because of its proximity to large masses of water (obviously, as it is an island) the tropical climate verges on maritime and temperatures see relatively small seasonal and diurnal variations. The topography of Mauritius is varied so you will see significant region variations as you move up and down elevations and move in and away from the coast. The northern and western areas of the island tend to be warmer and drier than the eastern and southern regions of Mauritius. Also, along the coast, temperatures tend to be higher by about three to five degrees throughout the year.
Mauritius is situated just above the Tropic of Capricorn, resulting in the island experiencing a high dosage of daylight and sunshine hours throughout the year. On average the island of Mauritius receives 6.5 to eight hours of sunshine per day, whereas the coastal regions are exposed to 7.5 to over eight hours of sunshine during the summer. In the winter months there is slightly less sunshine, usually averaging out around five to 7.5 hours of sunshine per day. Furthermore, the north of Mauritius enjoys one hour more of sunshine during most of the year than the Central Plateau and Eastern region.
Over the course of a year, the temperature varies from 19°C to 30°C, and rarely ever drops below 17°C or exceeds 31°C. In Mauritius, the warm season usually lasts from early December until the beginning of April, with average daily high temperatures of above 29°C. The hottest day of the year is predicted to occur on February 4th, where temperatures usually reach an average high of 30°C and a low of just 23°C. On the other hand, the cold season usually lasts from June 15th until September 21st, with an average daily high temperature below 25°C. It is predicted that the coldest day of year will fall on August 18th, with an average low of 19°C and a high of 24°C.
Overall, the island of Mauritius is perfect to visit all year round. The highest temperatures of the year are usually expected around December, making it an ideal location for a sunny Christmas holiday. However, during the European summer, temperatures in Mauritius are generally lower than winter, averaging out around 25°C. If you choose to visit Mauritius, a two-week visit is recommended as it gives you enough time to acclimatize to the heat and get over any jet lag.
Furthermore, luxury hotels in Mauritius are surprisingly affordable – the island boasts some of the best value deals in the region. There are wide variety of water sports, high-end spas, golf courses and gourmet cuisine available on this tropical paradise.
- Island of Mauritius
From November to May Mauritius swelters through a hot, wet and humid summer that sees daily averages sit at about 20° C to 28° C, and reaching into the 30's once you are on the coast. The Central Plateau in the heart of the island sees temperatures that are slightly cooler than on the coast by a couple of degrees, which makes it a great region for hiking and exploring the once volcanically active region. Now the island boasts a wealth of interesting elevations of mountain ranges, waterfalls and cliffs to explore.
- Multi coloured volcanic soil is a major attraction in Mauritius
The period, particularly from November to April is when the island is subject to tropical hurricanes, so keep this in mind if visiting during this time. 1994 and 2002 have been the two worst cyclones in recent years when cyclone Hollanda (94) and Dina ravaged the island.
In 1994 on February 10th the cyclone Hollanda struck Mauritius with winds of up to 100mph. Hollanda destroyed and severely damaged 450 homes, which left 1500 people homeless. High winds left half of the island without power and nearly half of the island's sugar crops were destroyed. Overall, it was estimated that Hollanda caused $135 million in damage and killed two people. To make things worse about a week after the cyclone struck, Cyclone Ivy hit the island, although to a lesser degree. The freak cyclone caused a large amount of rainfall, with over 741mm of rainfall recorded at Grand Coude.
On December 26th, 2004, 14 countries in Southeast Asia and Southern Africa were devastated by the Sumatra Tsunami, killing over 230,000 people. The tsunami was caused by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which created waves up to 30 metres high. However, when the waves eventually reached Mauritius at approximately 13:00pm they significantly reduced in size and strength, therefore causing little damage to the island, although Cap Malheureux Beach located in the north of Mauritius was submerged with sea water for nearly three hours. The Sumatra-Andaman earthquake was recorded as the third largest earthquake to ever occur in history, so Mauritius was extremely lucky to escape with hardly any damage.
The coastal region is generally about 5° C higher than the interior part of the island, though in the height of summer you can find relief from the heat in the beautiful waters of the Indian Ocean, which luckily sees temperatures of close to 27° C - far from chilly! Even in the winter months the water temperature sits at an enjoyable 22 °C, making it warm enough to take part in water sport activities such as windsurfing, kayaking, parasailing and of course swimming throughout the year.
- Mauritius Beach
From January to March you will find Mauritius in the midst of its 'rainy season,' which is particularly noticeable in the Central Plateau.
The probability of rainfall varies throughout the year. Precipitation is most likely around February 19th, where rainfall is 64% likely, while precipitation is least likely around November 24th at 39%. During the summer season, there is a 57% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. Rainfall should rarely affect your holiday in Mauritius, as the rainfall usually occurs in short, heavy bursts, before the sunshine soon returns!
Furthermore, studies suggest that rainfall could be on the decrease in Mauritius. A long-term study that has been recorded over the past century from 1905 to 2007 shows a decreasing trend in annual rainfall over Mauritius. In fact the average rate of decrease per 100 years is estimated to be around 57mm and the total decrease during the last ten years is around 8%, compared to the 1950s.
Overall, summertime in Mauritius is a great time to visit as temperatures are hot! The peak season for Mauritius is in December an January when winter descends upon the northern hemisphere. However, if you want to avoid the peak period head to Mauritius in February, March and April, when visitor numbers are lower but the climate is still very pleasant.
From May through until November Mauritius enjoys a warm, dry winter- while it is only slightly cooler the conditions aren't as wet and humidity is slightly lower so it provides from a great winter escape. In saying this relative humidity is generally high throughout the year, particularly as you move into the centre of the island where daily average humidity sits over 90% across the whole year. The west coast of the island is generally the least humid where daily averages sit at about 75% to 80% throughout the year.
During winter the average maximum temperature can reach 30°C, while the minimum temperature ranges from 17°C to 20°C.
During the cold season, which usually lasts from June 15th until September 21st, there is a 57% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during any given day. However, it is usually the summer season, which receives the most rainfall. The wettest month of the year is usually February, where over 300mm of rainfall is predicted throughout the month.
The largest city on the island is also its capital; Port Louis lies on the North West coast. Here you will find a vibrant island capital which is becoming increasingly cosmopolitan and plays host to a vibrant nightlife. However, if visiting Mauritius it will be worth your while to visit some of the smaller coastal towns and stay in one of the beautiful bungalows that you have long drooled over on postcards of Mauritius!
When visiting the island and surrounding regions keep in mind that its location close to the equator means that temperatures can often get so high that being aware of sunstroke and strong UV rays is a necessity. Be sure to pack plenty of light cotton clothing as the humidity in the height of the wet summer season can be somewhat oppressive at times.
Take the conditions on Port Louis as a fairly good indicator of what the yearly conditions are like on the island as a whole, though they are more representative on the conditions of the lower lying levels as at higher elevations conditions will vary. Port Louis sees its highest temperatures throughout December to April where daily highs sit at about 29°C to 30°C and minimums very rarely fall below 23°C. Throughout the entirety of the year the average hours of daily sunlight measures 7 to 9 hours per day with October to December seeing the most hours of daily sunlight.
As previously mentioned the 'summer months' are the wet season, so average precipitation is the highest during this period, with January to March seeing in excess of 200mm for the month and rain well fall on about 11 to 12 days in the month.
On the island as a whole the south and south east coasts are exposed to the prevailing south easterly trade winds, so these coasts receive almost twice as much rain as the coast that Port Louis lies on. So in terms of rainfall Port Louis is a good spot to pick if travelling during the wet season because it receives the least rain of anywhere else on the island and the rainfall isn't as torrential- at higher altitudes the rain that falls is strong and heavy.
Mauritius is seemingly devoid of off peak and on peak seasons, because it is a pretty desirable location at any time of the year. Though the Christmas-New Year period is generally much busier than any other time of the year. Also keep in mind that August is when the French school holidays occur so the island does get slightly busier during this time and prices may be hiked to peak season levels.
Mauritius doesn't really have high and low seasons. The situation is more dependent on outside factors (such as the French school holidays, which cause a big increase in demand and prices in August).
- Mauritius sunset