Jun 1, 2011

The meteo and climate in Mauritius

If you're looking for further information about the meteo in Mauritius, your best (and only) bet is to check out the official Mauritius Meteorological Services website. This will probably be mainly of use to travelers who intend to come to Mauritius and people who are bored at work, as the majority of the local population probably does not really give a damn about the meteo due to its predictability most of the time.

The main Mauritius Meteorological Station and head office is located in Vacoas and is responsible for providing the weather forecast for Mauritius, Rodrigues, and Agalega. However, the website seems to be mainly focused on Mauritius. There is some information about the meteo in Rodrigues and Agalega, but most of the content is only about the climate in Mauritius.

It however provides a wealth of information such as:
  • the current weather
  • whether any tropical cyclones are about to hit Mauritius (hint: looking less and less likely, unfortunately for those who always welcome the unavoidable holidays once the Mauritius cyclones gear up)
  • sunrise and sunset information (useful for fishermen who probably have no access to the Internet)
There's also some really specific information regarding the meteo in Mauritius but this will probably be of interest only to people who are really into meteorological stuff. The meteo in Mauritius website is pretty standard in its layout, but it is very easy to use. Most importantly, it is updated daily with all the relevant information and it's hard to complain about it when it gets the job done.

The 3 day forecast is essential for those planning to go trekking. Obviously, this 3 day forecast is not fully reliable, but you can just apply some common sense when interpreting it. The 3 day forecast is broken down by region, so make sure to use the navigation tabs to browse to your desired section.

There is a FAQ section that should also be checked out by those traveling to Mauritius soon and who still need clarifications about the meteo in Mauritius. This FAQ section offers great information about the climate in Mauritius. This information ranges from definitions of important climate terms such as Sea breeze and Land breeze to more practical advice such as what to do during a thunderstorm (real thunderstorms, not the Hollywood ones).

I have found a couple of other websites offering temperatures and the usual information about the climate in Mauritius, but I wouldn't trust these. They don't seem to be updated anymore and my motto is that if you can get something from the official source, why trust something else.