Mozambique in November

Mozambique’s rainy season begins in November, starting in the south and moving slowly up the coast. The arrival of the rains is unpredictable and irregular, a succession of hot, humid days interspersed with impressive thunderstorms. Temperatures in the south can top 38°C (100°F), but conditions cool rapidly as soon as the rain begins to fall. Along the north-eastern coastline this is the hottest time of year and it’s usually the last area in the county to receive any rain.

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Pemba and the Quirimbas Archipelago are the driest regions in November. The weather is generally hot and clear, with light sea breezes and balmy evenings on the beach. The southern beach resorts are less certain, however. The diving and fishing can be excellent in Vilanculo and the Bazaruto Islands, for example, but rough conditions may hamper activities some days. Similarly, in Tofo, with the whale sharks returning, there’s every reason to visit, despite the chance of choppy seas and rain. All down the coast you’ll find hot, humid conditions – great for being in the water, but less comfortable when you’re trying to sleep.

Travel tips

  • Although November can be hot, humid and occasionally wet, it’s just the start of the rainy season and there’ll still be plenty of bright, sunny days. It’s a good time to risk uncertain weather for top marine activities, such as snorkelling with whale sharks, deep-sea angling and shark diving.

  • If your time in Mozambique is short, then the summer months do present a risk. Rough seas can disrupt dive activities and although it rarely lasts long, you may miss out. The heat and humidity is also not for everyone. If you prefer cooler (drier) weather, then June to September are better.

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