Climate zone: tropics
With a yearly average of 26 °C the climate in Mauritius ist warm, but has only a few really tropical and sticky months. It is warm to hot all year round and invites to bathe at average water temperatures of 25 degrees. Dued to the lesser rain the best time for traveling is from October to November. Most precipitation decrease in March.
› Duration of daylight and sunshine in Mauritius
hours of sunshine per day rainy days per month Precipitation in mm/day Relative humidity in % Water temperature Absolute humidity in g/m³ (approx.)
Temperature records of the last 65 years
The hottest temperature measured from 1954 to December 2019 was reported by the St Brandon Raphael Isl weather station. In March 2015 the record temperature of 35.4 °C was reported here. The hottest summer from July to September, based on all 4 weather stations in Mauritius below 430 metres altitude, was recorded in 2017 with an average temperature of 24.7 °C. This average temperature will normally be measured every 4 to 6 hours, thus also including the nights. Normally, this value is 23.1 degrees Celsius. The average maximum daily temperature at that time was 27.6 °C.
The coldest day in these 65 years was reported by the weather station Plaisance Mauritius. Here the temperature dropped to 12.4 °C in September 2013. Plaisance Mauritius lies at an altitude of 57 meters above sea level. The coldest winter (January to March) was in 1974 with an average temperature of 26.1 °C. In Mauritius, it is usual to have about 1.1 degrees more at 27.2 °C for this three-month period.
Long-term development of temperatures from 1997 - 2019
In contrast to single record values, a long-term development cannot simply be brought about by all weather stations in the country. Both the number and the locations are constantly changing. A simply calculated average value would give a falsified result. If several measuring stations in particularly cold mountain or coastal regions are added in one year, the average would already decrease as a result of this alone. If a station fails during the summer or winter months, it does not provide any values and falsifies the average again. The subsequent long-term development was therefore reduced to only 2 measuring points in order to have actually comparable data over as long a period as possible.
In the years 1997 to 2019 there were only these 2 weather stations in the whole country, which reported continuous temperature values (Port Mathurin Rodrigues, Plaisance Mauritius). From these weather reports we have created a long-term development that shows the monthly average temperatures. The hottest month in this entire period was März 2016 with 28.0 °C. August 2005 was the coldest month with an average temperature of 21.3 °C.
The average annual temperature was about 24.2 °C in the years after 1997 and about 25.3 °C in the last years before 2019. So in less than 23 years it has increased by about 1.1 °C. This trend only applies to the selected 2 weather stations in Mauritius. A considerably more comprehensive evaluation of the global warming
has been provided separately.
More detailed information on global warming with a view by continent can also be found on our topic page on climate change