South Africa weather, climate and best time to visit

Best time to visit South Africa

The best time to visit in South Africa is from January until April and October until December, when you will have a pleasant temperature and limited rainfall. The highest average temperature in in South Africa is 26°C in January and the lowest is 16°C in June. The water temperature is between 16°C and 21°C.

South Africa has the desert climate prevailing. If you want to know what the average temperature is in in South Africa or when most precipitation (rain or snow) falls, you can find a quick overview below. This way, you are well prepared. Our average monthly climate data is based on data from the past 30 years.

Average weather 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 temp. (°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

Average weather 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 temp. (°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

Average weather 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

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14 day weather forecast South Africa

The weather for in South Africa will be 28° till 36° degrees in the next 14 days with a couple of days chance of light rain showers till heavy rain.

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

Weather forecast this week

Tuesday 26 Oct Precip Chance Wind UV
27°
11°
0.3 mm 10% 5 m/s 10
Wednesday 27 Oct Precip Chance Wind UV
28°
16°
5.3 mm 65% 8 m/s 3
Thursday 28 Oct Precip Chance Wind UV
18°
15°
23.3 mm 95% 6 m/s 3
Friday 29 Oct Precip Chance Wind UV
25°
13°
17.7 mm 85% 5 m/s 8
Saturday 30 Oct Precip Chance Wind UV
25°
12°
0 mm 0% 2 m/s 10
Sunday 31 Oct Precip Chance Wind UV
27°
15°
0 mm 0% 3 m/s 10
Monday 1 Nov Precip Chance Wind UV
30°
16°
0 mm 0% 4 m/s 3

Weather forecast next week

Tuesday 2 Nov Precip Chance Wind UV
33°
14°
0 mm 0% 5 m/s 11
Wednesday 3 Nov Precip Chance Wind UV
30°
17°
0 mm 0% 6 m/s 5
Thursday 4 Nov Precip Chance Wind UV
29°
14°
0 mm 0% 2 m/s 3
Friday 5 Nov Precip Chance Wind UV
30°
16°
0 mm 0% 2 m/s 3
Saturday 6 Nov Precip Chance Wind UV
33°
16°
0 mm 0% 1 m/s 3
Sunday 7 Nov Precip Chance Wind UV
36°
20°
0 mm 0% 4 m/s 4
Monday 8 Nov Precip Chance Wind UV
30°
18°
0.1 mm 20% 4 m/s 1

Climate South Africa

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

Climate table of Southwest South Africa (Cape Town)

Southwest South Africa has the desert climate prevailing. 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
Climate data from city: Cape Town

Climate table of East South Africa (Durban)

East South Africa has the desert climate prevailing. 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
Climate data from city: Durban

Climate table of Northeast South Africa (Krugerpark)

Northeast South Africa has the desert climate prevailing. 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
Climate data from city: Krugerpark

South Africa weather by month

What is the average weather like in a given month for South Africa? 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.

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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.

What are the largest airports in South Africa?

These are the largest airports in South Africa:

How many inhabitants are there in South Africa?

South Africa has approximately 56,717,000 inhabitants.

How big is South Africa?

The area of South Africa is around 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 to pay.

Exchange rates on 26 October 2021

  • 1 South African rand = 0.21 Indian rupee
  • 1 Indian rupee = 4.81 South African rand
  • 10 South African rand = 2.08 Indian rupee
  • 10 Indian rupee = 48.07 South African rand
  • 100 South African rand = 20.81 Indian rupee
  • 100 Indian rupee = 480.73 South African rand

What is the area code of South Africa?

The area code to call South Africa is +27.