The best times to visit Richards Bay for ideal weather are
May 21st to September 16th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Richards Bay Travel Guide
Weather in Richards Bay
Average temperatures in Richards Bay vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some hot weeks in the summer, with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 62nd 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 Richards Bay, the hottest months are January, February, and then March. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late January where highs are regularly around 92.3°F (33.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 72.5°F (22.5°C) at night.
Richards Bay Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Richards Bay Temperatures (Celsius)
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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Richards Bay are June, 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 early to mid February. For example, on the week of February 12th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late January and early February with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of January 29th.
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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Richards Bay.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Richards Bay (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Richards Bay has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is June (56.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is March (68.8%).
Wind in Richards Bay is usually moderate. The windiest month is November, followed by October and September. November’s average wind speed of around 9.2 knots (10.6 MPH or 17.1 KPH) is considered “a 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 15.6 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Richards Bay.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||7.8||Gentle breeze||12.9||Significant breeze|
|Feb||7.4||Gentle breeze||12.6||Significant breeze|
|Mar||7.2||Gentle breeze||11.6||Significant breeze|
|Apr||6.9||Light breeze||11.5||Significant breeze|
|May||7.2||Gentle breeze||11.2||Significant breeze|
|Jun||6.5||Light breeze||10.6||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||7.2||Gentle breeze||11.3||Significant breeze|
|Aug||8.2||Gentle breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Sep||8.5||Gentle breeze||13.3||Significant breeze|
|Oct||9.1||Gentle breeze||14||Significant breeze|
|Nov||9.2||Gentle breeze||14.4||Significant breeze|
|Dec||8.4||Gentle breeze||13.3||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Richards Bay?
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 Richards Bay, 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 Richards Bay 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
Overall Richards Bay Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 92.3°F (33.5°C) and 78.9°F (26.1°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 3 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 very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 2 to 3 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Richards Bay, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 86.7°F (30.4°C) and 79°F (26.1°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 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 Richards Bay to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 90.4°F (32.4°C) and 83.8°F (28.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.