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WEATHER & SEASONS

Temperature

Temperatures are mild, even when we speak of the “hot” season, as the temperature in Mafia rarely exceeds 30°C.

It is the humidity level that often causes visitors to feel they are hot, especially when the breeze drops and it is very calm.

Climatic conditions in Mafia through the year

Season

We consider our visitor season starting in June and running through to the following March; the relevant climatic features can be described as follows:

June: Cool and dry
July: Cool but windy
August-October: Cool, dry season with pleasant temperatures and excellent weather
November: Short rains, but often unreliable running into December
December-March: Hot season, mainly dry with showers and increasing humidity
April-May: Long rains, very wet with heavy downpours lasting all day

Rainfall

Mafia has a relatively dry tropical climate with approximately 1,800 mm of rain each year divided into two seasons of “long” rains in late March-May and “short” rains in November-early December.
The excellent visitor periods are August-October inclusive and early December-mid-March inclusive.
Kinasi is closed from the end of March to 1st June each year during the “long rains” (masika).

Monsoon winds

Mafia Island lies across the trade winds and experiences the north-east (Kaskazi) and south-east (Kusi) seasons. The Kaskazi usually starts at the end of November after a period of shuwali (calm) and short rains (vuli). The Kusi is the longer and windier period, running from early July through to mid-September. It is more variable than the Kaskazi and may bring strong winds and last many weeks; however, we usually expect up to six weeks of strong winds followed by a shorter period of milder winds.