What weather to expect in South Africa
The climate of South Africa is varied, but mostly semiarid. Along east coast you can expect subtropical weather with sunny days and cool nights. An important part of the interior of South Africa is at higher elevation, therefore temperatures are lower there, than you may expect. They may reach the freezing point at high altitude during winter. At the coastal temperatures are usually mild. The Western Cape has a Mediterranean climate.
When speaking about the usual weather in this state, the information is relevant for example for these popular places: Addo, Addo Elephant National Park, Agulhas National Park, Alexander Bay, Aliwal North, Amanzimtoti, Atlantic Seaboard, Augrabies, Augrabies Falls National Park, Badplaas, Ballito, Barberton, Barkly West, Bathurst, Battlefields, Baviaans, Belfast, Benoni, Bergville, Bitterfontein, Blaauwberg Coast, Bloemfontein, Bloubergstrand, Blyde River Canyon, Bontebok National Park, Boulders Beach, Breede River Valley, Camps Bay, Cape Karoo, Cape Peninsula, Cape Town, Cape Vidal, Cape Winelands, Centurion, Cintsa, Clarens, Clifton, Coffee Bay, Colesberg, Cradle of Humankind, Cradock, Darling, Dassen Island, De Hoop Nature Reserve, Diamond Fields, Diving Aliwal Shoal, Diving Sodwana Bay, Diving in Durban, Diving in Hermanus, Diving in Port Elizabeth, Diving in South Africa, Diving inland in South Africa, Diving the Cape Peninsula and False Bay, Diving the Tsitsikamma, Dullstroom, Dundee, Durban, East London, Eastern Cape, Ekurhuleni, Elephant Coast, Eshowe, False Bay, Ficksburg, Fish Hoek, Franschhoek, Free State, Gansbaai, Garden Route, Gariep Dam, Gauteng, George, Giyani, Golden Gate Highlands Park, Gordon's Bay, Graaff Reinet, Grahamstown, Graskop, Green Kalahari, Haenertsburg, Haga Haga, Hankey, Hartebeespoort, Hazyview, Hermanus, Hluhluwe, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, Hoedspruit, Hogsback, Hout Bay, Howick, Humansdorp, ISimangaliso Wetland Park, Irene, Jansenville, Jeffreys Bay, Johannesburg, Kakamas, Kalahari, Kalk Bay, Karoo, Karoo Heartland, Karoo National Park, Kei Mouth, Kempton Park, Kenton on Sea, Khayelitsha, Kimberley, King William's Town, Kleinmond, Knysna, Komatipoort, Kommetjie, Koringberg, Kroonstad, Kruger National Park, Krugersdorp, Kuruman, KwaZulu Natal, Ladybrand, Ladysmith, Langebaan, Lejweleputswa, Limpopo, Little Karoo, Llandudno, Lydenburg, Machadodorp, Mahikeng, Malalane, Mapungubwe National Park, Marakele National Park, Margate, Mdumbi, Melkbos, Metsweding, Middelburg, Midlands, Milnerton, Montagu, Moorreesburg, Morgan's Bay, Mossel Bay, Motheo, Mountain Zebra National Park, Mpande, Mpumalanga, Mthatha, Muizenberg, Namakwa, Namaqua National Park, Nature's Valley, Nelspruit, Newcastle, Nieu Bethesda, Noordhoek, North Coast, North West Province, Northern Cape, Northern Free State, Norvalspont, Ohrigstad, Orania, Oudtshoorn, Overberg, Paarl, Parys, Patensie, Paternoster, Perdekop, Petrusville, Phalaborwa, Pietermaritzburg, Pilanesberg National Park, Pilgrim's Rest, Plettenberg Bay, Polokwane, Port Alfred, Port Elizabeth, Port St Johns, Pretoria, Prince Albert, Pringle Bay, Qolora, Queenstown, Riebeek Kasteel, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Robben Island, Rooi els, Royal Natal National Park, Rustenburg, Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Sabie, Schoemanskloof, Scottburgh, Sea Park, Sedgefield, Sedibeng, Settler Country, Simon's Town, Sodwana Bay, Somerset West, Songimvelo Game Reserve, South Coast, Springbok, St Francis, St Lucia, Stellenbosch, Storms River, Strand, Sun City, Sunshine Coast, Sutherland, Swartland, Swellendam, Table Mountain National Park, Taung, Thabo Mofutsanyana, Tshwane, Tsitsikamma, Tsitsikamma National Park, Tulbagh, Tzaneen, Ukhahlamba Drakensberg, Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, Umhlanga, Upington, Valley of 1000 Hills, Van Reenen, Vanderkloof, Vereeniging, Vredefort, Wartrail and New England, Waterberg Meander, Waterval Boven, West Coast, West Rand, Western Cape, White River, Wild Coast, Wilderness, Wilderness National Park, Witbank, Wolkberg Wilderness Area, Wupperthal, Xhariep, Xora, Yzerfontein, Zululand.
Let's look now what weather you can expect in the area around the capital and in many other cities. The warmest month here is February, the average maximum temperature is 26.4 ℃ (79.52 ℉). The average minimum temperature in this month is 16 ℃ (60.8 ℉). The coldest month here is July, the average maximum temperature is 17.7 ℃ (63.86 ℉). The average minimum temperature in this month is 7.3 ℃ (45.14 ℉). The most rainy month here is August, the average number of rainy days is 13.4. The least rainy month here is February, the average number of rainy days is 4.6.
When travelling to some places in South Africa, always consider the altitude of the the place as well. The highest point here is Njesuthi (3408 m) and the lowest point is Atlantic Ocean (0 m). So there are huge differences in altitudes in this country and the weather is very different in them therefore. Keep in mind, that the temperature usually decreases by 1.2 - 1.9 ℃ (2.2 - 3.5 ℉) per 200 m (656 ft), depending on the other conditions. (And we should add, that in the very special condition named thermal inversion even the temperature may be higher in higher altitudes.)
Please, keep in mind, that this is not a weather forecast, but the information about the usual weather (average). This should help you to decide, when is the best time to go to South Africa. Read more details about the typical weather there in all individual months below:January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December