The best times to visit Pongola for ideal weather are

May 21st to August 19th

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



Other Pongola Travel Info

Weather in Pongola


Average temperatures in Pongola vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 58th 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 Pongola, the hottest months are February, January, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early February where highs are regularly around 91°F (32.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 69.3°F (20.7°C) at night.

Pongola Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Pongola 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.

Pongola Perceived Temperature (F)


Pongola Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Pongola 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 89.2 76.5 68.8
Feb 90.2 76.8 68.2
Mar 88 74.7 66.5
Apr 83.8 69.5 60
May 82.5 66.7 55.2
Jun 79 62.4 50.8
Jul 77.9 61.7 49.8
Aug 81.9 65.4 53.7
Sep 85.1 69 58.3
Oct 85.5 70.6 61.2
Nov 85.9 72 64.6
Dec 87.7 75.1 67

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.8 24.7 20.4
Feb 32.3 24.9 20.1
Mar 31.1 23.7 19.2
Apr 28.8 20.8 15.6
May 28.1 19.3 12.9
Jun 26.1 16.9 10.4
Jul 25.5 16.5 9.9
Aug 27.7 18.6 12.1
Sep 29.5 20.6 14.6
Oct 29.7 21.4 16.2
Nov 29.9 22.2 18.1
Dec 30.9 23.9 19.4



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Pongola are July, August, 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 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 December with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of December 3rd.

When can you find snow in Pongola? 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 Pongola.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 18% 0 3.4
Feb 8% 0 1.9
Mar 15% 0 3.2
Apr 12% 0 1.5
May 2% 0 0.3
Jun 2% 0 0.3
Jul 1% 0 0.1
Aug 2% 0 0.2
Sep 8% 0 0.9
Oct 11% 0 1.3
Nov 16% 0 2.3
Dec 18% 0 2.5

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 18 0 8.6
Feb 8 0 4.8
Mar 15 0 8.1
Apr 12 0 3.8
May 2 0 0.8
Jun 2 0 0.8
Jul 1 0 0.3
Aug 2 0 0.5
Sep 8 0 2.3
Oct 11 0 3.3
Nov 16 0 5.8
Dec 18 0 6.4


Humidity and Wind

Pongola has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is July (51.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is March (69.7%).

Wind in Pongola is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is October, followed by November and December. October’s average wind speed of around 4.1 knots (4.7 MPH or 7.6 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 8.1 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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 3.2 Barely noticeable 6.5 Light breeze
Feb 2.6 Barely noticeable 6.3 Light breeze
Mar 2.2 Barely noticeable 5.9 Light breeze
Apr 2.5 Barely noticeable 5.3 Light breeze
May 2.4 Barely noticeable 5.1 Light breeze
Jun 2.7 Barely noticeable 5.6 Light breeze
Jul 2.7 Barely noticeable 5.7 Light breeze
Aug 3.2 Barely noticeable 6.7 Light breeze
Sep 3.8 Barely noticeable 7.6 Light breeze
Oct 4.1 Light breeze 7.5 Gentle breeze
Nov 4.1 Light breeze 7.5 Light breeze
Dec 3.8 Barely noticeable 6.8 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 68.6%
Feb 66.5%
Mar 69.7%
Apr 67%
May 60.6%
Jun 55.9%
Jul 51.6%
Aug 52.1%
Sep 56.7%
Oct 59.7%
Nov 66.9%
Dec 68.1%


Is it Safe to Travel to Pongola?

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 Pongola, 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 Pongola 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

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 Pongola Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 90.3°F (32.4°C) and 81°F (27.2°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 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 least precipitation with 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Pongola, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 88°F (31.1°C) and 82.8°F (28.2°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 5 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 Pongola to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 91°F (32.8°C) and 85.1°F (29.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 2 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.


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