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What is the climate like in South Africa?

The climate of South Africa has an average yearly temperature of 28°C. Throughout the year, the average monthly temperature can drop to 19°C and rise to 35°C.

Annually, about 246 mm of rain falls. This gives a good overview of how much rain to expect in South Africa.

The best time to visit South Africa is March until November. During this period, you will experience pleasant temperatures and not too much rain, making it ideal to visit South Africa.

Temperature 19 to 35°C
Rain 246 mm

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The climate of South Africa
  • Average yearly temperature: 28°C
  • Highest temperature: 35°C in January
  • Lowest temperature: 19°C in June and July
  • Rainfall: 246 mm per year, averaging 21 mm by month
  • Driest months: 6,1 mm in July, 7,0 mm in August and 10 mm in June
  • Wettest months: 43 mm in January, 33 mm in March and 31 mm in December

Climate table South Africa

The climate table for South Africa shows the average temperatures, rainfall, and UV index by month.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daytime temperature (°C) 35 33 31 26 23 19 19 21 26 30 31 34
Nighttime temperature (°C) 19 19 17 13 9 5 4 5 9 13 15 18
Rainfall (mm) 43 27 33 29 17 10 6,1 7,0 12 11 19 31
UV Index 10 10 9 8 6 6 6 7 9 10 10 10
Best month No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Temperature by month in South Africa

This graph shows the average high temperatures in degrees Celsius for each month in South Africa

Temperature by month in South Africa

Rainfall by month in South Africa

This graph shows the average monthly rainfall in millimeters in South Africa.

Rainfall by month in South Africa

UV index by month in South Africa

This graph shows the average UV index by month in South Africa.

UV index by month in South Africa

Yearly temperature in South Africa

This graph shows the average yearly temperature in South Africa, measured in degrees Celsius.

Yearly temperature in South Africa

Yearly total rainfall in South Africa

This graph shows the average yearly rainfall in millimeters in South Africa.

Rainfall per year in South Africa

Weather experiences in South Africa

The weather in South Africa is rated an average of 3,4 out of 5 stars by 5 visitors.

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April in South Africa was pleasant! Changeable but generally sunny, somewhat cool with a few showers. Perfect for combining relaxation and outdoor adventure!— This text has been automatically translated into English

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Lots of sunshine, all with pleasant temperatures around 20 degrees. A few rainy days, but generally balanced. Other than periodic cold weather at night, no serious obstacles.— This text has been automatically translated into English

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Although the days were warm, the nights were cool and comfortable. Sometimes it rained, but that added to the beauty of nature.— This text has been automatically translated into English

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Contrary to my expectations, the evenings were quite cold. A good jacket is a must!— This text has been automatically translated into English

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Average weather in South Africa by month

Click on a month below to see in detail how the weather typically is in South Africa and what to expect. Based on the historical weather data of South Africa, you can view the average temperature, rainfall, wind, and UV index for each day of the month.