Mauritius, a volcanic island nation in the Indian Ocean, is renowned for its beautiful beaches, lagoons, and reefs. The island’s year-round tropical climate makes it a sought-after destination for tourists worldwide. However, like any tropical location, its weather can be somewhat unpredictable, with fluctuations between its summer and winter months. This article delves into the specifics of the weather in Mauritius in June, the onset of its mild winter.
Just as June is the start of summer in the northern hemisphere, it’s the start of winter here in the southern hemisphere. However, that doesn’t mean the weather in Mauritius in June will be “wintery” by European or South African standards.
Understanding the Mauritian Climate in June
June in Mauritius marks the beginning of winter, but don’t let that term deter you. The island’s location near the Tropic of Capricorn ensures a warm, temperate climate year-round. The temperatures during this month are comfortable, typically ranging from 18°C (64°F) at night to 24°C (75°F) during the day.
Despite being the winter season, sunshine is still abundant, with an average of 7-8 hours of sunshine per day. Rainfall during June decreases compared to the preceding months, averaging around 70mm for the month, which is dispersed over approximately nine days. This lessened rainfall makes June one of the drier months in Mauritius, further contributing to its appeal for outdoor pursuits.
The humidity in June starts to decrease as well, providing a comfortable atmosphere for tourists and locals alike. Humidity levels typically range from 75 to 85 percent, making it less stifling than the summer months. The wind speed can vary, but coastal areas, particularly the southeast, are generally windier due to the prevailing southeast trade winds.
What to Pack for Mauritius in June
Given the mild temperatures and reduced rainfall, packing for Mauritius in June is relatively straightforward. During the day, light clothing such as shorts, t-shirts, sundresses, and sandals are appropriate. For beach visits, don’t forget your swimsuit, beach towel, sunscreen, and hat.
However, the evenings can get a bit cooler, especially in the upland areas, so packing a light sweater or jacket is recommended. A light rain jacket or umbrella could also come in handy on the occasional rainy day.
Activities in Mauritius in June
Despite being winter, the weather conditions in June are favorable for a variety of activities. Beach lovers can still enjoy sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters. The cooler temperatures and lower humidity levels also make it an excellent time for hiking and exploring the island’s lush interiors, including the Black River Gorges National Park.
June is also a popular month for surfing in Mauritius, with the southeast trade winds providing excellent conditions, particularly on the southwest coast. For wildlife enthusiasts, this period marks the beginning of the whale-watching season, with humpback whales often sighted off the coast.
- Just like May, June is an ideal month for Sea Activities. Swimming With Wild Dolphins or a Catamaran Cruise are always good options.
- Given that June is a relatively dry month it is an ideal time for Land Tours that take place outdoors.
- Bring a light jacket or windbreaker for cooler evenings.
In June, daytime temperatures along the coast are typically around 26 or 27 degrees, falling into the upper teens at night. Anticyclones (high pressure systems from the southeast), may bring brief periods of windy and cooler weather, however maximum temperatures below 23 or 24 degrees along the coast are rare.
Humidity is not an issue in June.
June is a relatively dry month. When rain does fall it is usually quite light and short in duration.
June is not a windy month, however brief periods of windy weather are possible during anticyclones.
There are no cyclones in June
June is a sunny month, despite the shorter days. There are just over 11 hours of daylight in June compared to about 13 hours in the peak of summer.
Sea temperatures fall to 25-26 degrees in June, but are still perfect for swimming.
For more information about where to stay, check out our blog post Where to Stay in Mauritius.