The best times to visit Grahamstown for ideal weather are

March 12th to May 27th


October 1st to December 23rd

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



Other Grahamstown Travel Info

Weather in Grahamstown


Average temperatures in Grahamstown vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 63rd percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Grahamstown, the hottest months are February, January, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early February where highs are regularly around 84.7°F (29.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 61.3°F (16.3°C) at night.

Grahamstown Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Grahamstown Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Grahamstown Perceived Temperature (F)


Grahamstown Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Grahamstown Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 82.9 67.5 59.5
Feb 82.7 67.6 59.8
Mar 81.3 65.7 57.4
Apr 75.5 60.7 52.5
May 73.5 58.8 50
Jun 67.2 53.3 44.7
Jul 67.9 53.6 44.6
Aug 71.4 55.6 46.3
Sep 73.8 56.8 47.3
Oct 74.1 59.1 50.9
Nov 76.6 60.8 52.1
Dec 78.9 64.1 56.3

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 28.3 19.7 15.3
Feb 28.2 19.8 15.4
Mar 27.4 18.7 14.1
Apr 24.2 15.9 11.4
May 23.1 14.9 10
Jun 19.6 11.8 7.1
Jul 19.9 12 7
Aug 21.9 13.1 7.9
Sep 23.2 13.8 8.5
Oct 23.4 15.1 10.5
Nov 24.8 16 11.2
Dec 26.1 17.8 13.5



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Grahamstown are August, September, and then May. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early August. For example, on the week of July 30th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid October with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of October 15th.

When can you find snow in Grahamstown? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Grahamstown.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Grahamstown (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 14% 0 1.3
Feb 18% 0 2.1
Mar 13% 0 1.5
Apr 10% 0 1.8
May 7% 0 0.6
Jun 8% 0 1.2
Jul 9% 0 0.9
Aug 4% 0 0.6
Sep 6% 0 0.7
Oct 16% 0 2.9
Nov 12% 0 2.4
Dec 15% 0 1.7

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 14 0 3.3
Feb 18 0 5.3
Mar 13 0 3.8
Apr 10 0 4.6
May 7 0 1.5
Jun 8 0 3
Jul 9 0 2.3
Aug 4 0 1.5
Sep 6 0 1.8
Oct 16 0 7.4
Nov 12 0 6.1
Dec 15 0 4.3


Humidity and Wind

Grahamstown has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is July (51.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is February (71.5%).

Wind in Grahamstown is usually moderate. The windiest month is June, followed by November and October. June’s average wind speed of around 8.5 knots (9.8 MPH or 15.8 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid June where average top sustained speeds reach 13.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Grahamstown.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 7.6 Gentle breeze 11.4 Significant breeze
Feb 6.9 Light breeze 11.3 Significant breeze
Mar 7.2 Gentle breeze 10.9 Significant breeze
Apr 6.7 Light breeze 10.1 Gentle breeze
May 7 Gentle breeze 11.2 Significant breeze
Jun 8.5 Gentle breeze 12.9 Significant breeze
Jul 8.2 Gentle breeze 12.4 Significant breeze
Aug 8 Gentle breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
Sep 7.9 Gentle breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Oct 8.2 Gentle breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Nov 8.4 Gentle breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
Dec 8 Gentle breeze 12.1 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 69.6%
Feb 71.5%
Mar 68.1%
Apr 64.5%
May 56.5%
Jun 53.1%
Jul 51.7%
Aug 52.3%
Sep 57.1%
Oct 67.6%
Nov 65.9%
Dec 70%


Is it Safe to Travel to Grahamstown?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Dec 04, 2023 there are travel warnings for South Africa; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Nov 30, 2023.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Grahamstown, South Africa is September, followed by January and August. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Grahamstown in March. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 71.5 in March means 71.5% of the tourists vs. September.



Overall Grahamstown Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 83.1°F (28.4°C) and 70.2°F (21.2°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 1 to 3 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Grahamstown, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 78.4°F (25.8°C) and 72.6°F (22.6°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 5 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Grahamstown to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 84.7°F (29.3°C) and 76.2°F (24.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 5 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.


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