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Best time to visit South Africa
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Below are the temperatures expected today at popular destinations in South Africa. Select a destination to compare today's forecast with average weather conditions.
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- Cape Town
- East London
- Leataba Rest Camp
- Port Elizabeth
- Port St Johns
- Skukuza Restcamp
- St Lucia
- Sun City
When is the best time to visit South Africa?
The best time to visit South Africa (Cape Town) is January, February, November and December based on the following average weather conditions.
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The weather guide for South Africa (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 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.
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.
The low humidity and high number of sunshine hours produce a pleasant and healthy climate all year.
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Which is the hottest month in South Africa?
The hottest time of year in Cape Town, South Africa is normally February. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 25°C with low heat and humidity.
Which month has the most rain in South Africa?
In terms of rainfall, June is usually the wettest month in Cape Town, South Africa with 189mm on average. There are normally 13 days in June with some rain.
When is it sunniest in South Africa?
The sunniest time of year in Cape Town, South Africa is normally February with bright sunshine on average for 77% of daylight hours; that's 10 hours of sunshine per day.
When is the sea warmest in South Africa?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Cape Town, South Africa in February when the water temperature reaches 20°C.
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