The best times to visit Pretoria for ideal weather are

July 23rd to October 7th

or

February 26th to June 3rd

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

 


Pretoria Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in Pretoria

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Pretoria vary very little and are temperate all year. The area is in the top 7 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Pretoria, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early January where highs are regularly around 65.4°F (18.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 47.4°F (8.6°C) at night.

    Pretoria Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    Average
    Low

    Pretoria Temperatures (Celsius)

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    High
    Average
    Low

    “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 85.6 73.1 63
    Feb 85.9 73.1 62.4
    Mar 82.1 69.9 59.8
    Apr 75.7 63.9 53.1
    May 74.1 59.7 45.8
    Jun 69 54.1 39.7
    Jul 68.6 53.8 39.7
    Aug 74.8 59.7 44.6
    Sep 83 67.6 52.5
    Oct 84.1 70.1 56.7
    Nov 84.6 71.6 60.2
    Dec 84.7 72.1 62.1

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 29.8 22.8 17.2
    Feb 29.9 22.8 16.9
    Mar 27.8 21.1 15.4
    Apr 24.3 17.7 11.7
    May 23.4 15.4 7.7
    Jun 20.6 12.3 4.3
    Jul 20.3 12.1 4.3
    Aug 23.8 15.4 7
    Sep 28.3 19.8 11.4
    Oct 28.9 21.2 13.7
    Nov 29.2 22 15.7
    Dec 29.3 22.3 16.7

     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in Pretoria are December, January, and then November. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid-May. For example, on the week of May 14th there are only 0 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early-to-mid-December with an average of 2.4 days with 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.

    Chance of Precipitation

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

    Key
    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

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

    Key
    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 25.7 0 0.06
    Feb 18.6 0 0.07
    Mar 14.3 0 0.03
    Apr 10 0 0.01
    May 4.3 0 0.01
    Jun 2.9 0 0
    Jul 1.4 0 0
    Aug 1.4 0 0
    Sep 2.9 0 0.02
    Oct 17.1 0 0.04
    Nov 18.6 0 0.05
    Dec 25.7 0 0.08

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 25.7 0 0.15
    Feb 18.6 0 0.18
    Mar 14.3 0 0.08
    Apr 10 0 0.03
    May 4.3 0 0.03
    Jun 2.9 0 0
    Jul 1.4 0 0
    Aug 1.4 0 0
    Sep 2.9 0 0.05
    Oct 17.1 0 0.1
    Nov 18.6 0 0.13
    Dec 25.7 0 0.2

     

    Humidity and Wind

    Pretoria has below average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is September (25.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (51.9%).

    Wind in Pretoria is usually moderate. The windiest month is November, followed by October and September. November’s average wind speed of around 4.9 knots (5.6 MPH or 9.1 KPH) is considered “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 10.4 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

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

    Key
    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

    The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

    Key
    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 4.1 a light breeze 8.5 a gentle breeze
    Feb 3.6 light air 7.5 a gentle breeze
    Mar 3.6 light air 7.7 a gentle breeze
    Apr 3.4 light air 7.3 a gentle breeze
    May 2.8 light air 6.4 a gentle breeze
    Jun 3.2 light air 7.2 a gentle breeze
    Jul 3.4 light air 7.5 a gentle breeze
    Aug 4 a light breeze 8.3 a gentle breeze
    Sep 4.3 a light breeze 8.5 a gentle breeze
    Oct 4.9 a light breeze 9.3 a gentle breeze
    Nov 4.9 a light breeze 9.6 a gentle breeze
    Dec 4.3 a light breeze 8.8 a gentle breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 51.9
    Feb 47.4
    Mar 49.4
    Apr 47.8
    May 39
    Jun 35
    Jul 32.4
    Aug 27
    Sep 25.9
    Oct 35
    Nov 42.3
    Dec 51

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Pretoria?

    As of 6/13/2017 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

    Key
    Tourists Seeking Accommodations

    Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. 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 warm. Highs range from 62.9°F (17.2°C) and 53.7°F (12.1°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 4 days of precipitation per month. Fall is busy for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

    Winter (June through August)

    The middle-year months have slightly cold weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate 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 65°F (18.3°C) and 61.4°F (16.3°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a fair 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 65.4°F (18.6°C) and 62.7°F (17.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a noticeable amount: 5 to 8 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.