Average Temperatures and Hours of Sunshine in South Africa


Julie posts a query: What’s South African weather like in August? What sort of rainfall/hours of sunshine?

  • The best reference months for summer and winter weather in South Africa are January and July.

The other “seasons,” such as they are, amount to averages between these two extremes.

Depending on where you are in the country, Julie, July will be cold and rainy (Western Cape) or balmy and dry (KwaZulu Natal) – and August quite similar.

The best time of year to visit game reserves like the Kruger National Park, meanwhile, is July-August, when the water is scarce (forcing animals to be more on the move) and the bush is thin (making them easier to see).

  • SA Blog provides the following handy chart for January and July weather in South Africa’s provincial capitals:

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CLIMATE INFORMATION: PROVINCIAL CAPITALS

 

Average temperature oC


Average hours of sunshine

Average number of rain days

 


January


July


January


July


January


July


Western Cape
 Cape Town


20,9


12,2


338


193


6


12


Eastern Cape
 Bisho


22,1


13,8

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13


5


Northern Cape
 Kimberley


25,3


10,8


307


287


10


2


Free State
 Bloemfontein


23,0


7,7


296


273


11


2


KwaZulu-Natal
 Pietermaritzburg


22,9


12,9


185


251


18


3


North-West
 Mafikeng


24,1


12,0


280


285


13


1


Gauteng
 Johannesburg


20,1


10,4


250


284


16


1


Mpumalanga
 Nelspruit


24,0


14,8


216


265


14


2


Limpopo
 Polokwane (Pietersburg)


22,6


12,2


253


279


10


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