Mauritians started 2018 under the rain. Rainstorm hazard, rescheduled school admission process and dangerous sea alerts, the opening days of January was a pretty tough row to hoe for locals. The island hasn’t been touched by any major cyclone in the past decade, but the NDRRMC and Mauritius Meteorological Services look clearly on their guards.
January is the third wettest month of the year with an average of 220 millimetres of rainfall after March and February. This year January might be the wettest as more than 200 millimetres of rainfall were recorded in just one day, placing the island under level 2 natural disaster warning.
Although it is not really low-season for tourism, airfare and accommodation prices usually drop. But many trips, excursions and activities are rather uncomfortable during this period. In case you are looking for a hotel or a villa in Mauritius, we advise you choose one with air conditioning facilities as the climate is not only rainy, but very hot and humid.
General climatic conditions
January is at the heart of the hot summer season of Mauritius. During this time of the year, the climate shows typical subtropical summer conditions with warm temperatures and frequent rainfall especially in the central plateau. Temperatures can drop to 20 degrees Celsius in higher regions but in general 24 degrees Celsius is the average to be expected in Mauritius.
The lowest night temperatures in January average between 22-23 ° C near the coast, and 18 to 20 ° C on the central plateau region. The average maximum temperature reach about 28 ° C whilst 30 and 31 ° C can be recorded on coastal regions. It can happen that the island registers up to 34 degrees Celsius on north-western regions like Port Louis and Flic en Flac.
Although January is not the ideal time to travel to Mauritius, in some places, there is barely no rain, like Flic en Flac, Grand Baie or Mont Choisy. If you are looking to visit Mauritius during the month of January, you could be surprised with day-long sunshine because Mauritius records most of its rainfall during night-time.
In January there are often thunderstorms in the afternoon. It is still driest on the northwest coast, which lies in the rain shadow of central mountain chains and is very much preferred region for accommodation in Mauritius in January. But even the relatively dry north-western coast registered precipitation of almost 100 mm last year.
Average temperature in Mauritius in January
Highest average temperature in January: 26.6 ° C, on the north-western coast, northeast of Port Louis average temperature for Mauritius in January: 24.6 ° C
January’s lowest average temperature in Mauritius: 21.8 ° C, in the Black River Mountains, around the highest mountain in Mauritius at 828m, the Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire in the southwest of the island
Mauritius yearly climate details per region
What to do in Mauritius in January?
In January, you will see different events and religious events in Mauritius.
The first celebration after the new year is the Thaipossam Cavadee, one of the most important celebrations of the Tamil community in Mauritius. After 10 days of fasting, believers celebrate this ceremony by pilgriming local streets with pierced bodies to hang religious objects and carry the cavadee a sort of sacred ark made of wood and decorated with flowers to temples where they place the ark at the feet of their divinity.
January also marks the blooming season in Mauritius and if you get the chance to visit the north, visit the alley of the flamboyant blossom located not far from Mont Choisy beach. Not far from there you might also be tempted to take a trip to the hundred years old SSR Botanical Garden, commonly known as Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. This exotic orchard gathers some of the best collection of endemic plants in Mauritius like its famous giant water lilies or the Coryphe Umbrella, said to bloom once every sixty years.
If you are staying in one of the many hotels in Mauritius, you can enjoy a wide range of activities regardless of the weather. Sunbath, swim, water-ski or paddle during the day or enjoy indoor activities such as spa treatments, hotel gyms, hotel boutiques, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and live entertainment.
Enjoy your trip on the island.