The best times to visit South Africa for ideal weather are

March 19th to May 27th

or

September 3rd to November 18th

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 South Africa

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in South Africa vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 70th 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 South Africa, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late January where highs are regularly around 87°F (30.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 63.2°F (17.3°C) at night.

    South Africa Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    South Africa 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.

    South Africa Perceived Temperature (F)

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    South Africa Perceived Temperature (C)

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    Average South Africa 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)
    Jan86.372.462.7
    Feb86.171.961.9
    Mar83.769.459.6
    Apr78.463.653
    May75.859.948.2
    Jun69.95442.4
    Jul69.453.541.7
    Aug73.657.745.3
    Sep78.562.650.1
    Oct81.166.254.7
    Nov82.367.857
    Dec8571.161.1

    Show Celsius

    MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan30.222.417.1
    Feb30.122.216.6
    Mar28.720.815.3
    Apr25.817.611.7
    May24.315.59
    Jun21.112.25.8
    Jul20.811.95.4
    Aug23.114.37.4
    Sep25.81710.1
    Oct27.31912.6
    Nov27.919.913.9
    Dec29.421.716.2


     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in South Africa are May, August, and then July. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late May. For example, on the week of May 21st 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 1 days of significant precipitation the week of December 10th.

    When can you find snow in South Africa? 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 South Africa.

    Key
    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

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

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    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan13%02.1
    Feb12%01.7
    Mar12%02
    Apr8%01.1
    May4%00.5
    Jun6%01
    Jul5%00.7
    Aug4%00.6
    Sep5%00.8
    Oct9%01.2
    Nov13%01.8
    Dec14%02.2

    Show Centimeters

    MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan1305.3
    Feb1204.3
    Mar1205.1
    Apr802.8
    May401.3
    Jun602.5
    Jul501.8
    Aug401.5
    Sep502
    Oct903
    Nov1304.6
    Dec1405.6

     

    Humidity and Wind

    South Africa has some comfortably humid months, with slightly drier months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is September (42.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is March (57.1%).

    Wind in South Africa is usually calm. The windiest month is November, followed by October and December. November’s average wind speed of around 6.4 knots (7.4 MPH or 11.9 KPH) is considered “a 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 11.1 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

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

    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. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

    MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
    Jan5.7Light breeze9.9Gentle breeze
    Feb5.4Light breeze9.4Gentle breeze
    Mar5.1Light breeze9.1Gentle breeze
    Apr4.7Light breeze8.4Gentle breeze
    May4.6Light breeze8.3Gentle breeze
    Jun5Light breeze8.9Gentle breeze
    Jul5Light breeze8.9Gentle breeze
    Aug5.6Light breeze9.8Gentle breeze
    Sep5.9Light breeze10.2Gentle breeze
    Oct6.2Light breeze10.6Gentle breeze
    Nov6.4Light breeze10.8Gentle breeze
    Dec6Light breeze10.3Gentle breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
    Jan55.8%
    Feb55.1%
    Mar57.1%
    Apr54.6%
    May50.2%
    Jun48.5%
    Jul46.4%
    Aug43.1%
    Sep42.5%
    Oct47.2%
    Nov49.1%
    Dec53.8%

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to South Africa?

    Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Aug 21, 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 21, 2019.


     

    The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

    The busiest month for tourism in South Africa is January, followed by July and September. 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 South Africa in December. 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. Tourism data for this area is very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 75 in December means 75% of the tourists vs. January.


    Overall South Africa Travel Experience by Season

    Fall (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 85.5°F (29.7°C) and 73.3°F (22.9°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

    Winter (June through August)

    The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 1 to 2 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in South Africa, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

    Spring (September through November)

    Spring daily highs range from 83.8°F (28.8°C) and 77.7°F (25.4°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 4 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 South Africa to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 87°F (30.6°C) and 83.7°F (28.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 3 to 4 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

     

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