The climate of Mahé
is geographically positioned within the Af climate zone according to the Köppen climate classification system. As such, the predominate climate condition experienced in this region is that of a tropical rainforest. There is a generous amount of rainfall recorded throughout the year with seasonal variations. Relative humidity also remains relatively high across the year, further emphasizing the tropical nature of the climate.
Surveying the climatic data, it becomes apparent that the average high temperature fluctuates from 26.4°C to 29.3°C and average low hovers between 25.7°C and 28.1°C with the warmest months being March
. This is a clear indication that the difference between highs and lows remains marginal; hence, temperatures remain relatively consistent throughout the year. Similarly, the combination of high levels of humidity, ranging from 73% to 80%, and high sea temperatures recorded from 26.2°C to 29.8°C, paints an image of a hot, humid atmosphere that is characteristic of the tropical rainforest.
A distinctive weather pattern revealed in the data is the trend in rainfall. Despite it raining virtually every month, there is an evident peak during January
, coupled with notable minimums from July
. This pattern points to January as the wettest time, while the period from July to September can be considered as a drier phase in the year.
The best time to visit Mahé
Considering the amount of sunshine hours, temperature, and precipitation, the optimal time for tourism in Mahé
would be from July
. During this period, rainfall is comparatively lower, with values as low as 50mm to 79mm. Moreover, these months see reduced relative humidity, ranging from 78% to 80%. To add to the allure, temperatures in these months remain relatively warmer with sea temperatures registering between 26.2°C and 27.4°C, providing beachgoers and swimmers with much needed solace.
The worst time to visit Mahé
Based on the climatic data, January
stands out as the least favored time for tourists who might want to avoid heavy rainfall. This period has the highest rainfall figures, reaching up to 220mm sieved within 23.2 days. Concurrently, the cloud cover during this period is considerably high at 46%, which may obstruct sunlight and darken the sky, hindering outdoor activities and beach tourism.
Spring weather in Mahé
In the spring months of March
, and May
, the weather of Mahé
is influenced by relatively high rainfall and temperature. These three months witness fairly high temperatures ranging from 28.8°C to 29.3°C on the high end and between 27.8°C to 28.1°C on the lower spectrum. Furthermore, rainfall remains consistent at this time of the year, averaging from 110mm to 170mm.
Summer weather in Mahé
Summer, encompassing June
, and August
, is characterised by relatively lower rainfall and a slight decrease in temperature compared to the earlier months. Rainfall decreases noticeably, with recorded amounts falling between 50mm and 74mm. Daily temperatures dip slightly, with highs varying from 26.4°C to 27.5°C and lows ranging within 25.7°C to 26.7°C.
Autumn weather in Mahé
The autumn months of September
, and November
, show moderate weather conditions. Rainfall begins to increase gradually, evidenced by values spanning from 79mm to 129mm. Temperature values also start to climb with highs recorded from 26.8°C to 27.9°C and lows ranging from 26.1°C to 27.1°C, indicating progressively warmer days and nights.
Winter weather in Mahé
Finally, the winter season consisting of December
, and February
is characterised by an increase in rainfall and relatively high temperatures. Rainfall measures from 166mm to 220mm across these months, with January being the wettest month. Correspondingly, temperatures also remain warm, with highs and lows oscillating between 27.5°C to 28.3°C and 27°C to 27.3°C respectively. Despite being winter, the weather conditions of Mahé
are reflective of the tropical climate with warm temperatures and significant rainfall.
Weather in January
is known for warm days in Mahé
as the average high temperature reaches around 28°C. Comparatively cooler to February
, it provides a pleasant combination of warmth and freshness. Rainfall is common with an average rainfall duration of approximately 220mm spread across 23.2 days in the month. Weather in January »
Weather in February
arrives in Mahé
, it brings slightly higher temperatures than in January
. The month is characterized by warm weather, infrequent rainy days, and slightly reduced humidity. Achieving the maximum sea temperature of 28.6°C, February seems to call beach lovers for underwater activities. Weather in February »
Weather in March
experiences a shift in weather with temperatures rising as high as 28.8°C. Slight changes are observed when compared to the preceding and succeeding months. The amount of rainfall decreases to 110mm, falling over an average of 20.7 days. Weather in March »
Weather in April
showcases a noticeable rise in temperature, with the maximum being around 29.3°C, making it the warmest month of the year. Compared to March
, there are fewer rainy days but a similar amount of rainfall, indicating the possibility of heavier but less frequent showers. Weather in April »
Weather in May
The climate in Mahé
remains warm and welcoming. Transitioning from April
's heat, May brings a slightly lower temperature coupled with an increased amount of rainfall. The month receives the average rainfall of about 170mm over 22.6 days, indicating a relatively wetter period. Weather in May »
Weather in June
sees the climate becoming milder with temperatures averaging between 26.7°C to 27.5°C. With humidity at the highest level in comparison with previous months, June gives off a tropical ambiance. The island experiences less rainfall with only 74mm occurring over 21.5 days. Weather in June »
Weather in July
Weather in July
is distinguishable by its lowered temperature with the coolest sea temperature of the year around 26.3°C. The relative levels of humidity and pressure are at their peak, making the climate feel more mellow. Weather in July »
Weather in August
, and the pleasant weather continues in Mahé
. The lowered temperature trends from July
persist, but the pressure remains relatively unchanged. August experiences slightly less rainfall than July, with an average of 50mm over 17.8 days. Weather in August »
Weather in September
, brings a slight increase in temperature and rainfall. There occurs a substantial jump in the amount of rain, reaching 79mm over an average of 20.5 days. However, the humidity and pressure remain mostly unchanged from August
. Weather in September »
Weather in October
marks a clear difference from September
with an upsurge in all major climatic parameters. The average temperature climbs back to around 27.5°C. Rainfall increases to 134mm over 18.1 days, and the average sea temperature also rises to 28.2°C. Weather in October »
Weather in November
brings a minor increase in temperature reaching up to about 27.9°C. A slight reduction in rainfall makes the period less damp compared to October
. It receives around 129mm of rain which is distributed over 17.3 days. The sea temperature remains relatively constant, favoring water activities. Weather in November »
Weather in December
, subtle changes in weather conditions are experienced in Mahé
. There is a slight drop in temperature while the amount of rainfall slightly increases up to 166mm. This month experiences more daylight hours compared to previous months. Weather in December »