The weather and climate in Mauritius have always been major factors for expats and tourists deciding whether to visit or settle on the island. The destruction caused by Cyclone Belal in January prompted a closer look at how well-prepared Mauritius is for such natural disasters. People considering a move to Mauritius are paying attention to the island’s ability to provide accurate weather information, especially during cyclone-prone months. The cyclone aftermath has also sparked conversations around the efficiency of the drainage management system. Flash floods, particularly in Port Louis showed weaknesses in the current infrastructure, causing concerns among residents about the need for better drainage systems.
Foreigners considering Mauritius to move to, need to consider not only the appealing aspects of the island but also practical matters like weather resilience and disaster readiness. Most expats gravitate towards the north and west regions, due to the facilities, lifestyle, convenience, proximity of international schools, among others. The impact of Cyclone Belal was less pronounced in the north, where a significant expatriate community resides. While the west did experience some floods, property developments in these areas, have modern infrastructure with effective drainage systems, providing expats with a sense of security and comfort.
January to March: Tropical Heat and Cyclone Season
This period marks the hottest and wettest months, with an increased likelihood of cyclones. It is peak tourist season, presenting Mauritius at its most vibrant. Expats considering relocation during this time should be prepared for high temperatures and occasional cyclonic weather.
April and May: Transition to Mildness
As temperatures cool slightly, hovering in the early 30s during the day, expats can enjoy fewer crowds and better deals. Cyclonic risks diminish significantly, providing a more comfortable environment for families and beach enthusiasts.
The red line (high) and blue line (low) are the daily average temperatures. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures. © WeatherSpark.com
June to September: Mauritian Winter
Expect daytime highs in the high 20s, with cooler evenings. This season offers a great opportunity for families to explore Mauritius’ cultural attractions and kid-friendly sites. While occasional mixed weather may occur, it generally remains favourable for outdoor activities.
October and November: Ideal Transition
As temperatures rise but stay comfortable, expats will find this period less crowded, with attractive hotel prices and minimal rainfall. It’s an ideal time for newcomers to acquaint themselves with the island’s charm.
December: Festive Spirit Amidst Heat
Despite the increasing heat and busy atmosphere, December is celebrated across Mauritius. Expats can immerse themselves in the festive energy, although costs may be higher. The enthusiasm persists throughout mid-December, providing an exciting atmosphere for all, including families.
Tips for Cyclone Seasons
When it comes to safeguarding your home during cyclone season, here are some practical steps you can take:
- Cut back tree branches that may pose a threat to your home, telephone lines, or electricity cables.
- Remove any loose materials around your property that could become dangerous projectiles in high winds.
- Ensure your generator is fuelled up with oil to keep it ready for use in case of power outages.
- Charge your phones, laptops, and tablets in advance.
- Assemble an emergency kit with items like a portable AM/FM radio, flashlight, lamps, candles, matches, water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, and a repair kit.
- Don’t forget to have a supply of batteries on hand to power your essential devices and equipment during emergencies.
What TBI Business Advisors can do for you:
- We will have a Zoom/ Teams call or email exchange to understand your requirements.
- We can assist with the finding and purchasing of property, and setting up of an entity to purchase through.
- TBI will advise on the appropriate permit or visa for moving to Mauritius.
- We will send a detailed proposal with clear costs, timeframes and explanations.
- We will assemble the documents and make the application on your behalf.
- If you need assistance with setting up companies whether as an investor or just creating a business here.
- We can assist with relocation tasks such as helping with schools, accommodation, insurance, choosing locations.
- The directors can act as Commissioner for Oaths.
- We can assist with other business advice and can bring in law firms as and when required.
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