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Climate in Mauritius
With a mild sub-tropical climate, Mauritius has only two seasons, with minimal differences between them, making this island a perfect year-round destination. The summer runs from November to April, with temperatures reaching as high as 93°F (34°C) on the coast.
Humidity is highest from December to April but is never unbearable, particularly on the coast where there is an almost constant sea breeze. The northeast (around Grand Baie) is more protected from the southeast trade winds.
Cyclones, with strong winds and heavy rain, can occur between January and March, and Mauritius will normally experience about three or four of these a year during this period. Each cyclone usually lasts a couple of days, and flooding can result.
The climate in Mauritius remains good even during winter when the temperature only drops a few degree. There is still plenty of sunshine and it is a very pleasant time of year to visit. The sea is warm throughout the year, with temperatures varying from 75°F (24°C) in the winter to 82°F (28°C) in the summer.
The peak holiday season runs from October to April, with hotel prices dropping over the winter months. If travellers plan to visit during peak season, they should be sure to book accommodation far in advance to avoid disappointment. To avoid the rainy season, they should visit anytime between April and December, avoiding the rainy season in January, February and March. Visitors should ideally avoid the east coast in July and August, when the wind is at it's strongest.