The best times to visit Pietermaritzburg for ideal weather are

April 9th to May 27th

or

August 6th to September 30th

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

 

 


Other Pietermaritzburg Travel Info

Weather in Pietermaritzburg

Temperature

Average temperatures in Pietermaritzburg vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 57th 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 Pietermaritzburg, 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 88.1°F (31.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 66.4°F (19.1°C) at night.

Pietermaritzburg Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Pietermaritzburg Temperatures (Celsius)

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“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.

Pietermaritzburg Perceived Temperature (F)

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Pietermaritzburg Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Pietermaritzburg 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 86 72.3 64.9
Feb 87.3 72.9 64.9
Mar 86.6 71.4 63.1
Apr 81 65.4 55.8
May 80.9 62.2 50.4
Jun 75.2 56.4 44
Jul 75.1 55.9 43.3
Aug 79.6 60.7 48.3
Sep 81.6 64.5 53.8
Oct 80.3 65.3 56.9
Nov 81.2 66.6 58.9
Dec 83.7 69.9 62.9

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 30 22.4 18.3
Feb 30.7 22.7 18.3
Mar 30.3 21.9 17.3
Apr 27.2 18.6 13.2
May 27.2 16.8 10.2
Jun 24 13.6 6.7
Jul 23.9 13.3 6.3
Aug 26.4 15.9 9.1
Sep 27.6 18.1 12.1
Oct 26.8 18.5 13.8
Nov 27.3 19.2 14.9
Dec 28.7 21.1 17.2

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Pietermaritzburg are July, August, and then June. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid May. For example, on the week of May 14th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early October with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of October 1st.

When can you find snow in Pietermaritzburg? 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 Pietermaritzburg.

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Snow on the Ground

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

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 24% 0 4.4
Feb 19% 0 2.6
Mar 19% 0 3.5
Apr 11% 0 1.6
May 4% 0 0.4
Jun 3% 0 0.5
Jul 1% 0 0.2
Aug 3% 0 0.4
Sep 6% 0 1
Oct 25% 0 3.4
Nov 26% 0 4
Dec 26% 0 3.4

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 24 0 11.2
Feb 19 0 6.6
Mar 19 0 8.9
Apr 11 0 4.1
May 4 0 1
Jun 3 0 1.3
Jul 1 0 0.5
Aug 3 0 1
Sep 6 0 2.5
Oct 25 0 8.6
Nov 26 0 10.2
Dec 26 0 8.6

 

Humidity and Wind

Pietermaritzburg has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is August (50.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (74.3%).

Wind in Pietermaritzburg is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is November, followed by October and December. November’s average wind speed of around 3.2 knots (3.7 MPH or 6 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid October where average top sustained speeds reach 6.5 knots, which is considered a light breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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Wind

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

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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 3 Barely noticeable 5.7 Light breeze
Feb 2.8 Barely noticeable 5.8 Light breeze
Mar 2.7 Barely noticeable 5.3 Light breeze
Apr 2.3 Barely noticeable 4.8 Light breeze
May 2 Barely noticeable 4.3 Light breeze
Jun 2.3 Barely noticeable 4.8 Light breeze
Jul 2.2 Barely noticeable 4.7 Light breeze
Aug 2.7 Barely noticeable 5.7 Light breeze
Sep 2.9 Barely noticeable 5.9 Light breeze
Oct 3.2 Barely noticeable 6.2 Light breeze
Nov 3.2 Barely noticeable 6 Light breeze
Dec 3.1 Barely noticeable 5.8 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 73.6%
Feb 71.3%
Mar 69.9%
Apr 66.4%
May 58.2%
Jun 52.7%
Jul 50.7%
Aug 50.1%
Sep 56.8%
Oct 67.8%
Nov 71.4%
Dec 74.3%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Pietermaritzburg?

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 Pietermaritzburg, South Africa is August, followed by June and March. 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 Pietermaritzburg in February. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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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 56.7 in February means 56.7% of the tourists vs. August.

 

 

Overall Pietermaritzburg Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 88.1°F (31.2°C) and 79°F (26.1°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 6 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 comfortably cool 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 Pietermaritzburg, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 84.5°F (29.2°C) and 78.4°F (25.8°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 2 to 8 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Pietermaritzburg to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 87.8°F (31°C) and 80.2°F (26.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 8 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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