The best times to visit Richards Bay for ideal weather are

May 28th to August 26th

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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Richards Bay Travel Guide

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


    Average temperatures in Richards Bay vary very little and are seasonally temperate. The area is in the top 74 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 Richards Bay, the hottest months are January, February, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid-March where highs are regularly around 68.8°F (20.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 53°F (11.7°C) at night.

    Richards Bay Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


    Richards Bay 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.

    Richards Bay Perceived Temperature (F)


    Richards Bay Perceived Temperature (C)



    Average Richards 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.

    Show Fahrenheit

    Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan 88.9 77.2 70.1
    Feb 88.9 76.9 69.5
    Mar 88.5 76 69.2
    Apr 83.3 71.1 63.4
    May 82.3 68.8 59.9
    Jun 79.2 63.8 53.2
    Jul 78.5 63.8 53.8
    Aug 81.3 66.9 57.4
    Sep 83.1 68.9 60.7
    Oct 83.1 70.2 63
    Nov 85 71.7 64.7
    Dec 87.8 75.4 68.3

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 31.6 25.1 21.2
    Feb 31.6 24.9 20.8
    Mar 31.4 24.4 20.7
    Apr 28.5 21.7 17.4
    May 27.9 20.4 15.5
    Jun 26.2 17.7 11.8
    Jul 25.8 17.7 12.1
    Aug 27.4 19.4 14.1
    Sep 28.4 20.5 15.9
    Oct 28.4 21.2 17.2
    Nov 29.4 22.1 18.2
    Dec 31 24.1 20.2


    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in Richards Bay are December, November, and then October. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late May to early June. For example, on the week of May 28th there are only 0.8 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid-November with an average of 5.3 days with significant precipitation the week of November 12th.

    When can you find snow in Richards 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 Richards Bay.

    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

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

    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 47.1 0 0.09
    Feb 42.9 0 0.1
    Mar 41.4 0 0.08
    Apr 38.6 0 0.1
    May 25.7 0 0.03
    Jun 28.6 0 0.03
    Jul 25.7 0 0.05
    Aug 20 0 0.02
    Sep 37.1 0 0.07
    Oct 52.9 0 0.12
    Nov 54.3 0 0.09
    Dec 55.7 0 0.09

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 47.1 0 0.23
    Feb 42.9 0 0.25
    Mar 41.4 0 0.2
    Apr 38.6 0 0.25
    May 25.7 0 0.08
    Jun 28.6 0 0.08
    Jul 25.7 0 0.13
    Aug 20 0 0.05
    Sep 37.1 0 0.18
    Oct 52.9 0 0.3
    Nov 54.3 0 0.23
    Dec 55.7 0 0.23


    Humidity and Wind

    Richards Bay has slightly high to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is July (60.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is March (71%).

    Wind in Richards Bay is usually moderate. The windiest month is November, followed by October and September. November’s average wind speed of around 8.3 knots (9.6 MPH or 15.4 KPH) is considered “gentle breeze.” 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 14.1 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

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

    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.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 7.1 a gentle breeze 11.9 a moderate breeze
    Feb 6.6 a light breeze 11.6 a moderate breeze
    Mar 6.3 a light breeze 10.7 a moderate breeze
    Apr 6 a light breeze 10.3 a gentle breeze
    May 5.8 a light breeze 9.6 a moderate breeze
    Jun 5.5 a light breeze 9.4 a gentle breeze
    Jul 6 a light breeze 10.1 a moderate breeze
    Aug 7.1 a gentle breeze 11 a moderate breeze
    Sep 7.6 a gentle breeze 12.2 a moderate breeze
    Oct 8.2 a gentle breeze 12.9 a moderate breeze
    Nov 8.3 a gentle breeze 13 a moderate breeze
    Dec 7.6 a gentle breeze 12.3 a moderate breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 69.5
    Feb 69.4
    Mar 71
    Apr 69
    May 67.5
    Jun 61
    Jul 60.3
    Aug 60.7
    Sep 64.1
    Oct 66.1
    Nov 66.5
    Dec 68.8


    Is it Safe to Travel to Richards Bay?

    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.

    Overall Richards Bay Travel Experience by Season

    Fall (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 68.8°F (20.4°C) and 60.3°F (15.7°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is very common with 8 to 13 days of precipitation per month. Fall is slow/unreported for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

    Winter (June through August)

    The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 6 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is slow/unreported season for tourism in Richards Bay, so lodging and other accommodations may cost as much as usual.

    Spring (September through November)

    Spring daily highs range from 65.4°F (18.6°C) and 60.3°F (15.7°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a very great amount: 11 to 16 days per month. Tourism is slow/unreported during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be normally priced.

    Summer (December through February)

    Weather is perfect this time of year in Richards Bay to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 67.8°F (19.9°C) and 63.6°F (17.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 12 to 17 times per month. These times of year are slow/unreported with tourists.


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