The best times to visit Pretoria for ideal weather are

March 19th to May 20th

or

August 27th to October 21st

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 Pretoria

Temperature

Average temperatures in Pretoria vary somewhat. 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 60th 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 Pretoria, the hottest months are February, January, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid February where highs are regularly around 88.1°F (31.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 63.6°F (17.6°C) at night.

Pretoria Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Pretoria 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.

Pretoria Perceived Temperature (F)

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Pretoria Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Pretoria 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 86.4 72.1 62.8
Feb 87.3 73.1 62.9
Mar 83.1 70 60.6
Apr 77.5 64 53.8
May 74 59.5 47.4
Jun 69.3 54.4 42
Jul 68.7 53.7 40.8
Aug 75.2 59.4 45.7
Sep 84.4 67.4 53.3
Oct 84.4 68.9 56.8
Nov 85.5 70.7 60.3
Dec 85.8 71.3 61.6

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 30.2 22.3 17.1
Feb 30.7 22.8 17.2
Mar 28.4 21.1 15.9
Apr 25.3 17.8 12.1
May 23.3 15.3 8.6
Jun 20.7 12.4 5.6
Jul 20.4 12.1 4.9
Aug 24 15.2 7.6
Sep 29.1 19.7 11.8
Oct 29.1 20.5 13.8
Nov 29.7 21.5 15.7
Dec 29.9 21.8 16.4


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Pretoria 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 early to mid April. For example, on the week of April 9th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid December with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of December 10th.

When can you find snow in Pretoria? 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.

Chanceof Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Pretoria.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Pretoria (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 3.9
Feb 16% 0 3.9
Mar 12% 0 2
Apr 3% 0 0.4
May 3% 0 0.5
Jun 2% 0 0.2
Jul 0% 0 0
Aug 1% 0 0.2
Sep 3% 0 1
Oct 18% 0 2.6
Nov 19% 0 2.8
Dec 29% 0 5.2

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 24 0 9.9
Feb 16 0 9.9
Mar 12 0 5.1
Apr 3 0 1
May 3 0 1.3
Jun 2 0 0.5
Jul 0 0 0
Aug 1 0 0.5
Sep 3 0 2.5
Oct 18 0 6.6
Nov 19 0 7.1
Dec 29 0 13.2

 

Humidity and Wind

Pretoria has some comfortably humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is September (25.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (54.8%).

Wind in Pretoria is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is October, followed by November and December. October’s average wind speed of around 3.9 knots (4.5 MPH or 7.3 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 late October to early November where average top sustained speeds reach 8.4 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 3.2 Barely noticeable 6.2 Light breeze
Feb 2.8 Barely noticeable 5.2 Light breeze
Mar 2.6 Barely noticeable 5.3 Light breeze
Apr 2.5 Barely noticeable 5.6 Light breeze
May 2.2 Barely noticeable 5.1 Light breeze
Jun 2.6 Barely noticeable 5.8 Light breeze
Jul 2.8 Barely noticeable 5.9 Light breeze
Aug 3.3 Barely noticeable 6.6 Light breeze
Sep 3.5 Barely noticeable 6.7 Light breeze
Oct 3.9 Barely noticeable 7.1 Gentle breeze
Nov 3.8 Barely noticeable 7.3 Light breeze
Dec 3.5 Barely noticeable 6.6 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 54.8%
Feb 48%
Mar 50.7%
Apr 48.2%
May 40.2%
Jun 36.6%
Jul 32.2%
Aug 28.1%
Sep 25.8%
Oct 38.8%
Nov 45.7%
Dec 52.6%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Pretoria?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Jan 18, 2018 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


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Pretoria, South Africa is September, followed by August and January. 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 Pretoria in July. 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 very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 66.2 in July means 66.2% of the tourists vs. September.


Overall Pretoria Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 85°F (29.4°C) and 71°F (21.7°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 4 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 slowest season for tourism in Pretoria, so lodging and other accommodations may cost less than usual.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 87.4°F (30.8°C) and 83.6°F (28.7°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 1 to 6 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Pretoria to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 88.1°F (31.2°C) and 84.6°F (29.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 9 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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