The best times to visit Pietermaritzburg for ideal weather are
April 9th to May 27th
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.
Pietermaritzburg Travel Guide
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Weather in Pietermaritzburg
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)
Pietermaritzburg Temperatures (Celsius)
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)
Pietermaritzburg Perceived Temperature (C)
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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
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.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Pietermaritzburg (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
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.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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|
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
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.