The best times to visit Plettenberg Bay for ideal weather are
January 1st to May 27th
July 30th to October 28th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Plettenberg Bay Travel Guide
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Weather in Plettenberg Bay
Average temperatures in Plettenberg Bay vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 85th 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 Plettenberg Bay, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late January where highs are regularly around 80.9°F (27.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 65.6°F (18.7°C) at night.
Plettenberg Bay Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Plettenberg Bay 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.
Plettenberg Bay Perceived Temperature (F)
Plettenberg Bay Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Plettenberg Bay 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 Plettenberg Bay are January, October, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early February. For example, on the week of February 5th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late August to early September with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of August 27th.
When can you find snow in Plettenberg Bay? 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 Plettenberg Bay.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Plettenberg Bay (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
Plettenberg Bay has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is June (57.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is February (71.7%).
Wind in Plettenberg Bay is usually calm. The windiest month is November, followed by October and January. November’s average wind speed of around 6.6 knots (7.6 MPH or 12.3 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” 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 11.6 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Plettenberg Bay.
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||6||Light breeze||9.8||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||5.5||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||5.7||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||5.4||Light breeze||8.5||Gentle breeze|
|May||5.5||Light breeze||9.3||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||5.9||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||5.8||Light breeze||9.1||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||5.7||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||5.9||Light breeze||9.6||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||6.3||Light breeze||10.3||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||6.6||Light breeze||10.6||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||5.9||Light breeze||9.6||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Plettenberg Bay?
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 Plettenberg Bay, 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 Plettenberg Bay 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
Overall Plettenberg Bay Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 80.4°F (26.9°C) and 70.2°F (21.2°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 5 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 most precipitation with 4 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Plettenberg Bay, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 75.5°F (24.2°C) and 67.1°F (19.5°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 to 7 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 Plettenberg Bay to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 80.9°F (27.2°C) and 74.3°F (23.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 3 to 4 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.