The best times to visit Potchefstroom for ideal weather are

March 5th to May 20th

or

August 13th to November 11th

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

 

 


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Weather in Potchefstroom

Temperature

Average temperatures in Potchefstroom vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 46th 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 Potchefstroom, the hottest months are January, December, and then February. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid December where highs are regularly around 91.2°F (32.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 60.4°F (15.8°C) at night.

Potchefstroom Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Potchefstroom 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.

Potchefstroom Perceived Temperature (F)

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Potchefstroom Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Potchefstroom 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 88.8 72.7 61.5
Feb 89.3 71.9 59.8
Mar 85.9 68.4 56.5
Apr 80 61.5 47.9
May 77 56.6 40.6
Jun 70.5 49.4 32.8
Jul 70.3 49.5 32.4
Aug 76.5 55.9 37.5
Sep 84.6 64.3 45.9
Oct 87.8 68.6 53.2
Nov 88.6 70.4 56.4
Dec 89.4 72.3 60.3

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 31.6 22.6 16.4
Feb 31.8 22.2 15.4
Mar 29.9 20.2 13.6
Apr 26.7 16.4 8.8
May 25 13.7 4.8
Jun 21.4 9.7 0.4
Jul 21.3 9.7 0.2
Aug 24.7 13.3 3.1
Sep 29.2 17.9 7.7
Oct 31 20.3 11.8
Nov 31.4 21.3 13.6
Dec 31.9 22.4 15.7

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Potchefstroom 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 mid January with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of January 15th.

When can you find snow in Potchefstroom? 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 Potchefstroom.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Potchefstroom (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 23% 0 3.2
Feb 24% 0 2.9
Mar 18% 0 3.1
Apr 12% 0 1.7
May 4% 0 0.5
Jun 3% 0 0.5
Jul 0% 0 0
Aug 1% 0 0.1
Sep 4% 0 0.7
Oct 11% 0 1.7
Nov 19% 0 2.3
Dec 22% 0 4

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 23 0 8.1
Feb 24 0 7.4
Mar 18 0 7.9
Apr 12 0 4.3
May 4 0 1.3
Jun 3 0 1.3
Jul 0 0 0
Aug 1 0 0.3
Sep 4 0 1.8
Oct 11 0 4.3
Nov 19 0 5.8
Dec 22 0 10.2

 

Humidity and Wind

Potchefstroom has some comfortably humid months, with some very dry months. The least humid month is August (19.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (53.5%).

Wind in Potchefstroom is usually calm. The windiest month is November, followed by October and September. November’s average wind speed of around 6.3 knots (7.3 MPH or 11.7 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 November where average top sustained speeds reach 11.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 4.9 Light breeze 9 Gentle breeze
Feb 4.3 Light breeze 8.3 Gentle breeze
Mar 3.9 Barely noticeable 7.7 Gentle breeze
Apr 3.8 Barely noticeable 7.1 Gentle breeze
May 3.9 Barely noticeable 6.9 Gentle breeze
Jun 4.2 Light breeze 7.6 Gentle breeze
Jul 4.3 Light breeze 7.7 Gentle breeze
Aug 5.4 Light breeze 9.2 Gentle breeze
Sep 5.8 Light breeze 10.1 Gentle breeze
Oct 6.1 Light breeze 10.8 Gentle breeze
Nov 6.3 Light breeze 10.9 Gentle breeze
Dec 5.6 Light breeze 9.7 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 53.5%
Feb 43.3%
Mar 44.8%
Apr 50.6%
May 37.6%
Jun 33.2%
Jul 26.5%
Aug 19.8%
Sep 21.6%
Oct 32.5%
Nov 35.6%
Dec 48%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Potchefstroom?

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 Potchefstroom, South Africa is June, followed by March and July. 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 Potchefstroom 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

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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 somewhat extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 36.5 in December means 36.5% of the tourists vs. June.

 

 

Overall Potchefstroom Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 87.9°F (31.1°C) and 73.5°F (23.1°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 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 Potchefstroom, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 89.6°F (32°C) and 83.1°F (28.4°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 6 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 Potchefstroom to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 91.2°F (32.9°C) and 87.5°F (30.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: consistently 7 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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