South Africa weather averages

Going to South Africa? Find the best month to visit South Africa based on the weather.

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Check South Africa weather averages before you book your next holiday in 2019/2020. Today's maximum temperature in South Africa is expected to be 27°C, while the average maximum temperature in January is 25°C. The holiday weather guide shown above is for Cape Town.

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The weather for South Africa, represented by Cape Town, shows long term weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia) & today's weather forecast provided by MeteoBlue. Find out more about our data sources.

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South Africa weather averages: best month

South Africa Best month Averages
Warmest January & February 25°C
Sunniest January & December 11 hours per day
Least rain February 4 days
Warmest sea February 20°C

South Africa climate guide

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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 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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Popular South Africa destinations

Below are average maximum temperatures at popular destinations in South Africa in January. Select a destination to see the weather overview and compare average conditions with today's forecast.

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