The best times to visit Northern Cape for ideal weather are

March 26th to June 3rd


August 13th to November 25th

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



Other Northern Cape Travel Info

Weather in Northern Cape


Average temperatures in Northern Cape vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very nice much of the year, but hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 45th 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 Northern Cape, the hottest months are January, December, and then February. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid January where highs are regularly around 101.2°F (38.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 68.6°F (20.3°C) at night.

Northern Cape Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Northern Cape 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.

Northern Cape Perceived Temperature (F)


Northern Cape Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Northern Cape 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 100.5 83 67.7
Feb 98.4 80.9 66.5
Mar 95.4 77.6 63
Apr 87.1 68.7 54.3
May 81.2 61.5 46.4
Jun 72.2 53.1 38.4
Jul 72.7 53.4 38.4
Aug 77.8 58.2 41.1
Sep 84.5 64.2 46.2
Oct 91.2 71.9 54.7
Nov 94.3 75.6 58.6
Dec 99.2 80.9 64.8

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 38.1 28.3 19.8
Feb 36.9 27.2 19.2
Mar 35.2 25.3 17.2
Apr 30.6 20.4 12.4
May 27.3 16.4 8
Jun 22.3 11.7 3.6
Jul 22.6 11.9 3.6
Aug 25.4 14.6 5.1
Sep 29.2 17.9 7.9
Oct 32.9 22.2 12.6
Nov 34.6 24.2 14.8
Dec 37.3 27.2 18.2



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Northern Cape are July, September, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late May to early June. For example, on the week of May 28th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late January with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of January 22nd.

When can you find snow in Northern Cape? 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 Northern Cape.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 13% 0 1.6
Feb 13% 0 2.4
Mar 11% 0 2.1
Apr 7% 0 0.7
May 4% 0 0.5
Jun 3% 0 0.7
Jul 1% 0 0.1
Aug 1% 0 0.1
Sep 1% 0 0.1
Oct 6% 0 0.9
Nov 7% 0 0.6
Dec 8% 0 1.1

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 13 0 4.1
Feb 13 0 6.1
Mar 11 0 5.3
Apr 7 0 1.8
May 4 0 1.3
Jun 3 0 1.8
Jul 1 0 0.3
Aug 1 0 0.3
Sep 1 0 0.3
Oct 6 0 2.3
Nov 7 0 1.5
Dec 8 0 2.8


Humidity and Wind

Northern Cape has no months that would be considered humid, with some very dry months. The least humid month is November (13.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (33.4%).

Wind in Northern Cape is usually calm. The windiest month is December, followed by November and January. December’s average wind speed of around 7.2 knots (8.2 MPH or 13.3 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 late November to early December where average top sustained speeds reach 14.4 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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 6.7 Light breeze 13 Significant breeze
Feb 6.3 Light breeze 12.4 Significant breeze
Mar 6 Light breeze 11.9 Significant breeze
Apr 5.5 Light breeze 10.5 Gentle breeze
May 5.8 Light breeze 11.1 Significant breeze
Jun 5.8 Light breeze 11.3 Significant breeze
Jul 6 Light breeze 11.4 Significant breeze
Aug 6.6 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Sep 6 Light breeze 11.4 Significant breeze
Oct 6.5 Light breeze 12.3 Significant breeze
Nov 7.1 Gentle breeze 13 Significant breeze
Dec 7.2 Gentle breeze 13.7 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 20.1%
Feb 24.8%
Mar 26.5%
Apr 29.3%
May 27.9%
Jun 33.4%
Jul 28%
Aug 20.7%
Sep 14.6%
Oct 14.6%
Nov 13.7%
Dec 16.9%


Is it Safe to Travel to Northern Cape?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 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 Aug 22, 2019.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Northern Cape, South Africa is July, followed by August and June. 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 Northern Cape in December. 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 47.8 in December means 47.8% of the tourists vs. July.



Overall Northern Cape Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 98.2°F (36.8°C) and 75.3°F (24.1°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 3 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Northern Cape, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 98°F (36.7°C) and 84.2°F (29°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 2 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Northern Cape to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 101.2°F (38.4°C) and 97.2°F (36.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 2 to 4 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.


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