South Africa weather averages for holidays in 2017/2018

Check South Africa weather averages before you book your next holiday in 2017/2018. Today's maximum temperature in South Africa is expected to be 27°C, while the average maximum temperature in March is 24°C. The weather guide for South Africa shown below is for Cape Town. Read more about the weather in South Africa.

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South Africa weather averages

Check South Africa weather averages before you book your next holiday. The warmest months in South Africa are January and February with an average maximum temperature of 25°C. The sunniest months are January and December with on average 11 hours of bright sunshine per day. The month with the least number of days with some rain is February with 4 days. The sea is at its warmest in South Africa in February with an average sea temperature of 20°C. The South Africa weather averages shown below are for Cape Town.

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South Africa weather today

Here is the weather in South Africa today, Wednesday 29th March 2017. Expect clear skies in South Africa with a maximum temperature of 27°C, low levels of heat & humidity and 11 hours of bright sunshine. There are 0 mm of rainfall expected and a moderate breeze of 25 kph from the south. The weather forecast shown below is for Cape Town.

  • 27
    °C maximum temperature
  • 16
    °C minimum temperature
  • clear skies
  • 11
    hours of sunshine
  • 0
    mm of rainfall expected
  • L
    low heat & humidity
  • 25
    kph wind from S

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South Africa weather overview

A pleasant climate is a major asset in South Africa's drive to distance itself from past controversy and place itself firmly on the world tourism map. If travelling to South Africa, remember that, because it lies south of the equator, its seasons are the opposite to those of North America and Europe.

Twelve Apostles, Cape Town in South Africa
Twelve Apostles, Cape Town in South Africa

Only the low-lying areas in the north, along the borders with Zimbabwe and Mozambique, have a tropical climate with related high temperatures and humidity. In the south, the coastal lowlands around Cape Town have a Mediterranean climate with hot summers (September to May) and warm, rainy winters.

The eastern coastlands and the low veld of Durban and Natal have a subtropical climate with most rainfall falling between October and April, which is also the period of highest temperatures and humidity. The western coastal strip has a cold sea current which keeps temperatures cool and generates plenty of low cloud and fog but almost no rain.

In the eastern interior or high veld (where Johannesburg and Pretoria are situated), summers are rainy and warm and winter days are mild although temperatures can drop dramatically at night. The low humidity and high number of sunshine hours produce a pleasant and healthy climate all year. The western interior is mostly desert or semi-desert and has a hot, sunny climate. What rain there is falls between November and April.

What to pack for South Africa weather

Take light clothing and be prepared for rain if visiting between September and May. Pack warmer wear if travelling during their winter.

South Africa holiday weather averages by month

Check South Africa holiday weather averages for a particular month by selecting from the list below. Monthly weather guides include figures for temperature, rainfall, sunshine hours and sea temperature plus daily sunrise & sunset times.

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Compare South Africa weather with the USA

Below the South Africa weather chart shows maximum daytime temperature for South Africa (Cape Town) and the USA (Washington). For more weather parameters or to change the destinations shown visit the comparison weather tool.

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