May 21, 2020
South Africa Weather, Climate And Seasons

While the climate in South Africa is temperate with lovely sunny days, summer rainfall and cooler winters, being such a large country means there are regional variations in temperature due to altitude, terrain and ocean currents. Generally, the climate cycle is hot summer months with rain to cool things down (November to March), pleasant autumn (April to May), cold winter months (June to August) followed by beautiful springtime (September to October).

South Africa’s climate ranges from the Mediterranean in the southwestern corner, which has winter rainfall (June to August), through the temperate climate of the interior to the subtropical climate of the northeast. In the northwest, there is a small area with a desert climate.

Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Nelspruit are three prominent cities in South Africa. We have presented high and low temperatures for these cities throughout the year. The South African climate data provides an insight into how the climate of South Africa ranges from one region to the other.

South Africa Weather Condition And Temperatures

  • Cape Town

Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, influenced by the warm Agulhas current on the Indian Ocean side and the cold Benguela current on the Atlantic side. Summers are dry and warm (December to March) while winters are wet and cool (June to August). The driest and warmest month is January while the wettest month is June and the coldest is July. The warm and breezy summers and the pleasant spring is the peak time for visitors to Cape Town.

MonthsHigh Temp (°C)High Temp (°F)Low Temp (°C)Low Temp (°F)
January26.17915.760.3
February26.579.715.660.1
March25.477.714.257.6
April2373.411.953.4
May20.368.69.449
June18.164.67.846
July17.563.5744.6
August17.8647.545.5
September19.266.68.747.7
October21.370.310.651.1
November23.574.313.255.8
December24.976.914.958.9
  • Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and has a subtropical climate. Situated on a plateau at 1,700 m (5,600 ft) above sea level means the climate is tempered by altitude. The city has pleasantly warm summers, usually sunny, but with afternoon thunderstorms from October to March. The winters are mild and sunny (although the nights are cold) and there is rarely any rainfall.

MonthsHigh Temp (°C)High Temp (°F)Low Temp (°C)Low Temp (°F)
January25.678.114.758.5
February25.177.214.157.4
March2475.213.155.6
April21.17010.350.6
May18.9667.245
June16614.139.4
July16.762.14.139.4
August19.4676.243.2
September22.8739.348.8
October23.874.911.252.2
November24.275.612.754.9
December25.277.3613.957
  • Nelspruit

Nelspruit is the gateway to South Africa’s renowned Kruger National Park. The climate here is humid and subtropical with hot and rainy summers (November to March) and mild and dry winters. The hottest months are January and February while the coldest months are June and July. The dry season, May to September, is the best time to visit this region as well as Kruger National Park.

MonthsHigh Temp (°C)High Temp (°F)Low Temp (°C)Low Temp (°F)
January2984.21966.2
February2984.21966.2
March2882.41864.4
April2780.61457.2
May25771050
June2373.4642.8
July2373.4642.8
August2577948.2
September2780.61253.6
October2780.61457.2
November2780.61762.6
December2882.41864.4
  • Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth lies between the western Cape and eastern South Africa. Western Cape experiences winter rainfall, and the eastern South Africa experiences summer rainfall. Port Elizabeth rarely experiences extreme temperatures. The summers (December to March) are warm but slightly humid. The winters (June to September) cool but mild. The pleasant oceanic climate conditions make Port Elizabeth a year-round destination for the tourist.

MonthsHigh Temp (°C)High Temp (°F)Low Temp (°C)Low Temp (°F)
January25.477.817.964.2
February25.477.817.964.2
March24.676.316.962.4
April2373.414.357.7
May21.771.111.552.7
June20.368.59.248.6
July19.767.58.847.8
August19.667.39.849.7
September206811.452.5
October20.869.413.155.6
November22.372.114.658.3
December24.375.816.461.5

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MD and Co-Founder. Born in Zimbabwe, Robin has a long history in Africa, and safaris in general, from running lodges to marketing. He is always on the look out for new ideas and products from around the safari world.

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