Mauritius weather in May

May heralds the start of the dry season and is an excellent time to visit Mauritius.

You can expect clear skies and warm, sunny weather, interspersed with brief rain showers that fall mainly in the mountains and along the east coast. The west coast receives little to no rain.

How hot is it in Mauritius in May?
Daytime high temperatures across Mauritius start to vary in May: the north and west coasts average a high of 28°C (82°F), the south coast averages 27°C (80°F) and the east coast sees an average high of 26°C (78°F).

On the warmest days, which normally occur at the beginning of the month, the temperature usually reaches around 29°C (84°F).

You can expect moderate heat and humidity during the day, with a night-time average low of 21°C (69°F).

How sunny is it in Mauritius in May?
There are normally seven hours of bright sunshine each day in Mauritius in May – that's around 65% of daylight hours.

Sunrise & sunset in May?
Sunrise is around 6:30am with sunset around 5:40pm.

How warm is the sea around Mauritius in May?
The average sea temperature around Mauritius in May is 26°C (78°F), which is comfortable for swimming.

Does it rain in Mauritius in May?
There are usually three days with some rain in Mauritius in May, and the average monthly rainfall is 18mm (‹1in).

How windy is it in Mauritius in May?
May sees an average wind speed of 24 kilometres per hour (15 mph; 13 knots).

What to do in Mauritius in May?
In addition to lazing on the beach or poolside, May is good for water sports such as swimming, snorkeling and scuba diving as well as surfing and windsurfing. May is also a good time for hiking trips into the mountains, which are generally 5°C cooler than the coastal areas.

Local holidays?
Labour Day – 1st May; Eid al-Fitr – 3rd May.

Mauritius is a year-round holiday destination – flights and accommodation should be booked in advance to avoid disappointment.

Mauritius – May weather

Temperature icon High Temp: 27°C (80°F)
temperature icon Low Temp: 21°C (69°F)
sun icon Sunshine: 7 hours per day
Moderately hot icon
Daylight: 11 hours per day
wind icon Wind speed: 24 km/h (15 mph; 13 knots)
umbrella icon Wet Days: 3 days with some rain
rain cloud Rainfall: 18 mm (‹1 in) per month
Hot icon Comfort Level: Moderate heat; ≤ 23 muggy days
Moderately hot icon
UV Index: Moderate
swimming icon Sea Temp: 26°C (78°F)
Port Loius, Mauritius

Best time to visit Mauritius

Mauritius is a year-round destination – despite the wet season. Weatherwise, the best time to visit Mauritius is during the dry season from mid-May to early-November, when the weather is warm and mainly dry.

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Mauritius weather by month

Source: Meteorological data for Mauritius is based on weather statistics gathered for the period 1991 to 2020 by Mauritius National Meteorological Services from the nearest weather station, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU), located 48km (30mi) southeast of the capital city, Port Louis.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

Latest update: Mauritius weather in May: 12 June, 2024

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