Throughout October, the heat gradually builds, and there’s an ever-increasing chance of thunderstorms in the south of Mozambique. The southern coast averages around 29°C/84°F, although some days can get considerably hotter.
The northeastern coastline is always slightly warmer than the south and has a more consistent local climate with fewer extremes. Nights are warm – about 20°C/68°F – and most days will hover around 32°C/90°F.
Away from the coast and the sea’s cooling breezes, temperatures of 35°C/95°F or more are common. As the humidity rises, the clouds gather overhead, and Mozambique holds its breath for the first summer rains.
For the best beach holiday weather, head north in October. Pemba and the Quirimbas are excellent at this time of year. Vilanculos and the Bazaruto Archipelago are also good to visit in October, with fewer cloudy days than in Tofo and the south.
By late October, there is some rain in Ponta do Ouro and in Maputo, which can get particularly hot and humid. The fresh ocean breeze brings welcome relief in the capital; October is one of the windier months along the southern coast of Mozambique.
To the north and inland, Gorongosa National Park is sweltering. It’s arguably the best time for seeing wild animals on a Mozambique safari, as they flock to the park’s few permanent water sources, but be prepared for temperatures up to 38°C/100°F.
- October is an excellent month for sport fishing, particularly for marlin off the Bazaruto Archipelago. It also marks the start of the turtle breeding season, when there’s an increased chance of seeing them while diving and snorkeling along the coast.
- October remains an excellent month for seeing humpback whales, and by the end of the month, the magnificent whale sharks return to the waters off Tofo.
- Although October is generally still a great time for a Mozambique holiday, there’ll be fewer optimal beach days, especially in the south. By the end of the month, the south will also likely see some rain, but usually not enough to get in the way of outdoor pursuits.