South Africa
weather, climate and best time to visit


Best time to visit South Africa

As a tourist destination, South Africa has much to offer, from beautiful natural landscapes and national parks to bustling cities and interesting cultural sites. There is a lot of variety and activity in this country, so choosing the right time to visit can be a challenge.

The months of September through April, South Africa's spring and summer seasons, are often considered the best time to visit the country. The weather is mild and dry, perfect for outdoor excursions such as safaris, hikes and trips to the beach. The average temperature is between the low and mid 20s, with occasional heat waves into the high 30s.

South Africa is a huge country with a wide variety of climates, so the ideal time to travel there varies from region to region.

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Cape Town, in the Western Cape, has rainy winters and dry summers typical of the Mediterranean climate. November through March is summer in this part of the world, with pleasant, sunny weather and average temperatures of 25 to 28 degrees Celsius.

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While the west experiences cold, wet winters and hot, humid summers, a subtropical climate prevails in the east, where the Kruger National Park and the Drakensberg Mountains are located. Temperatures hover around 20-22 degrees Celsius from May through August, making this the ideal season to explore the region.

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When to travel to South Africa is ultimately determined by your interests and personal preferences. Spring and summer are ideal if you want to go on safari and other outdoor activities, while winter is preferable if you want to escape the heat and crowds. Visiting South Africa will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of your life.

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In the table below you can quickly find the monthly average weather in South Africa, the monthly temperature or when it rains the most. Monthly averages are based on weather data from the last 30 years.

Climate Southwest South Africa by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°C) 26 26 25 22 19 16 17 17 18 21 22 24
Water temperature (°C) 21 20 20 19 18 18 17 17 16 17 19 20
Precipitation (mm) 9 8 11 32 40 92 45 68 37 20 19 15

Weather data from: Cape Town

Climate East South Africa by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°C) 26 27 26 24 23 22 21 22 23 23 24 25
Water temperature (°C) 28 28 27 27 25 24 24 23 23 24 25 27
Precipitation (mm) 67 56 60 29 29 9 22 21 31 54 65 78

Weather data from: Durban

Climate Northeast South Africa by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°C) 31 31 31 28 27 25 24 27 30 30 30 32
Precipitation (mm) 91 59 50 19 5 2 3 3 10 22 65 93

Weather data from: Krugerpark




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Climate South Africa

Because of its size and location near the southernmost tip of Africa, South Africa has a wide range of temperatures throughout the year. The climate is subtropical, meaning warm to hot year-round with only brief cold spells in winter. The typical temperature in South Africa ranges from about 15 to 20 degrees Celsius, depending on the region and time of year.

Spring (September to November)

Between the extremes of summer heat and winter cold, South Africa has a brief spring from September to November. During this time, temperatures are usually between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius, but this can vary by area.

During this time of year, storms and other types of bad weather are more common and intense throughout the country.

Summer (December to February)

Summer in South Africa reaches its peak during the months of December, January and February. Temperatures usually range from the mid-20s to mid-30s during this time, but in the north and inland areas they can reach much higher.

At this time of year, humidity rises throughout the country, making the already unpleasant heat much worse.

Fall (March to May)

The South African autumn season, covering the months of March through May, is a transitional period between the country's scorching summer and cold winter. At this time of year, temperatures are usually between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius.

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At this time of year, precipitation in the country increases, which can lead to an increase in the frequency and intensity of storms and other forms of extreme weather.

Winter (June to August)

The South African winter (June-August) is the period when temperatures drop the most. Usually temperatures at this time of year are between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius, but in some regions they can be significantly lower, especially at higher altitudes.

Part of the country may see sub-zero temperatures and perhaps snowfall due to cold fronts advancing from the South Atlantic.

Climate variations by region

South Africa's weather varies from area to area, and the country's many regions all have their own characteristics. The Western Cape, for example, has a Mediterranean climate, making winters hot and wet and summers extremely hot and dry.

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Eastern areas such as KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape have a subtropical climate with hot, humid summers and moderate, dry winters. The northern provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga have the same hot, dry climate as the rest of the country.


Click on a region of South Africa to view the climate:

Climate Southwest South Africa (Cape Town) by month

Southwest South Africa has a desert climate. The temperature during the day is warm and you won't have rain here anytime soon. The average annual temperature for Southwest South Africa is 21° degrees and there is about 395 mm of rain in a year. It is dry for 233 days a year with an average humidity of 72% and an UV-index of 5.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°C) 26 26 25 22 19 16 17 17 18 21 22 24
Night temp. (°C) 18 18 17 15 13 11 10 10 11 13 14 16
Water temp. (°C) 21 20 20 19 18 18 17 17 16 17 19 20
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (mm) 9 8 11 32 40 92 45 68 37 20 19 15
Days with rain 6 5 7 9 11 14 9 12 12 9 7 6
Dry days 25 23 24 21 20 16 22 19 18 22 23 25
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 11 10 9 9 6 6 7 8 8 10 11 11
Wind force (Bft) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
UV-index 6 6 5 5 4 4 4 4 5 5 6 6

Weather data from: Cape Town

Climate East South Africa (Durban) by month

East South Africa has a desert climate. The temperature during the day is warm and you won't have rain here anytime soon. The average annual temperature for East South Africa is 24° degrees and there is about 521 mm of rain in a year. It is dry for 159 days a year with an average humidity of 76% and an UV-index of 5.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°C) 26 27 26 24 23 22 21 22 23 23 24 25
Night temp. (°C) 20 20 20 17 16 14 14 15 16 17 17 19
Water temp. (°C) 28 28 27 27 25 24 24 23 23 24 25 27
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (mm) 67 56 60 29 29 9 22 21 31 54 65 78
Days with rain 21 17 18 12 9 6 8 8 14 18 20 23
Dry days 10 11 13 18 22 24 23 23 16 13 10 8
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 8 9 8 6 7 7 6 6 7 8 7 7
Wind force (Bft) 3 3 3 3 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
UV-index 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 6 5 4 5 6

Weather data from: Durban

Climate Northeast South Africa (Krugerpark) by month

Northeast South Africa has a desert climate. The temperature during the day is warm and you won't have rain here anytime soon. The average annual temperature for Northeast South Africa is 29° degrees and there is about 422 mm of rain in a year. It is dry for 203 days a year with an average humidity of 62% and an UV-index of 6.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°C) 31 31 31 28 27 25 24 27 30 30 30 32
Night temp. (°C) 21 21 20 17 16 13 13 15 18 19 20 21
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (mm) 91 59 50 19 5 2 3 3 10 22 65 93
Days with rain 20 17 18 11 4 2 4 3 6 9 15 20
Dry days 11 11 13 19 27 28 27 28 24 22 15 11
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 9 10 9 6 7 7 7 7 8 9 9 10
Wind force (Bft) 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2 2
UV-index 6 7 6 6 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6

Weather data from: Krugerpark


South Africa weather by month

What is the average South Africa weather like in a given month? Let's find out! Click on a month to check all the monthly averages for sunshine, temperature highs and lows, percentage chance of rain per day, snowfall accumulation and number of rainy days.

South Africa weather

The weather for South Africa over the next 14 days will be 20°C till 31° with several days chance of light rain showers or even quite a bit of rain.

The weather forecast for South Africa is based on the weather in Bloemfontein.

5-day weather forecast South Africa

Weather
Max/min
Precip
Wind
Thursday
2 february
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30°C
18°C
6.9 mm
8 m/s
Friday
3 february
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30°C
16°C
0.6 mm
9 m/s
Saturday
4 february
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31°C
18°C
1 mm
8 m/s
Sunday
5 february
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29°C
17°C
5.6 mm
6 m/s
Monday
6 february
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30°C
18°C
1.6 mm
6 m/s

View the 14 day weather forecast for South Africa


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Frequently asked questions

Where is South Africa?

South Africa lies in a straight line about 8,736 km from India (New Delhi → Bloemfontein).

How long is the flight to South Africa?

The flight time from Indira Gandhi to South Africa is approximately 12 h. 10 min.

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What are the largest airports in South Africa?

These are the largest airports in South Africa:

  • O R Tambo International (JNB) in Johannesburg
  • OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg
  • Lanseria Airport (HLA) in Johannesburg
  • Rand Airport (QRA) in Johannesburg
  • OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg
  • Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town
  • King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban
  • Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) in Port Elizabeth
  • Pietermaritzburg Airport (PZB) in Pietermaritzburg
  • Ben Schoeman Airport (ELS) in East London

How many inhabitants does South Africa have?

South Africa has 56,717,000 inhabitants.

How big is South Africa?

The surface area of South Africa is 1,219,912 km². It is 3x smaller than India.

What is the capital of South Africa?

The capital of South Africa is Bloemfontein.

What is the currency of South Africa?

In South Africa, the South African rand (ZAR) is used for payment.

Exchange rates on 2 February 2023

  • 1 Indian rupee = 0.21 South African rand
  • 1 South African rand = 4.81 Indian rupee
  • 100 Indian rupee = 20.81 South African rand
  • 100 South African rand = 480.73 Indian rupee

What is the area code of South Africa?

The area code to call South Africa is +27.