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.

 

 


Other Richards Bay Travel Info

Weather in Richards Bay

Temperature

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)

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Richards Bay 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.

Richards Bay Perceived Temperature (F)

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Richards Bay Perceived Temperature (C)

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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

MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
Jan87.877.671.1
Feb87.576.970.7
Mar8876.670.7
Apr82.271.764.8
May82.270.362.7
Jun79.265.555.6
Jul7865.356.7
Aug80.167.659.4
Sep82.26961.6
Oct827063.2
Nov84.171.465.1
Dec87.475.368.9

Show Celsius

MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
Jan3125.321.7
Feb30.824.921.5
Mar31.124.821.5
Apr27.922.118.2
May27.921.317.1
Jun26.218.613.1
Jul25.618.513.7
Aug26.719.815.2
Sep27.920.616.4
Oct27.821.117.3
Nov28.921.918.4
Dec30.824.120.5

 


 

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.

Chance of Precipitation

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

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Snow on the Ground

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

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
Jan17%02.6
Feb20%02.3
Mar18%02.4
Apr10%02.7
May9%00.9
Jun5%00.4
Jul10%02.3
Aug7%00.6
Sep15%01.7
Oct18%04.2
Nov12%01.6
Dec20%02.6

Show Centimeters

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan1706.6
Feb2005.8
Mar1806.1
Apr1006.9
May902.3
Jun501
Jul1005.8
Aug701.5
Sep1504.3
Oct18010.7
Nov1204.1
Dec2006.6

 

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.

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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.

MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
Jan7.8Gentle breeze12.9Significant breeze
Feb7.4Gentle breeze12.6Significant breeze
Mar7.2Gentle breeze11.6Significant breeze
Apr6.9Light breeze11.5Significant breeze
May7.2Gentle breeze11.2Significant breeze
Jun6.5Light breeze10.6Gentle breeze
Jul7.2Gentle breeze11.3Significant breeze
Aug8.2Gentle breeze12Significant breeze
Sep8.5Gentle breeze13.3Significant breeze
Oct9.1Gentle breeze14Significant breeze
Nov9.2Gentle breeze14.4Significant breeze
Dec8.4Gentle breeze13.3Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
Jan66.5%
Feb67.5%
Mar68.8%
Apr66.2%
May65.6%
Jun56.3%
Jul57.6%
Aug60.4%
Sep63%
Oct63.8%
Nov62.7%
Dec66.8%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Richards Bay?

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 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

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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 extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 56.7 in February means 56.7% of the tourists vs. August.

 

 

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.

 

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