An Overview of South African Weather

South Africa's weather conditions are described as mild, with lots of sunshine and mostly a dry climate. To this end the saying; 'Sunny South Africa'.  We are blessed with hot sunny summers and mild winters, making South Africa a tourist haven.

Here are the weather conditions in some of the most popular and well-known areas:

Western Cape and Garden Route

This area enjoys warm and dry summers - excellent beach weather - with  mild  winters, which is also the rainy season in the form of light continuous rain. Then there are the glorious sunny days in between which makes up for any mood changes for the worst while it's raining. The central Garden Route has an all year rainy season and great sunny days to overshadow the odd rainy days. Occasional wind is experienced from August to December.
Summer average maximum day temperatures =  27  C      80 F
Summer average minimum night temperatures =  15 C      59 F
Winter average maximum day temperatures    =  19 C      67 F
Winter average minimum night temperatures  =      8 C      46 F
Rainfall in summer (average monthly)  =  16 mm
Rainfall in winter (average monthly)    =   85 mm

Gauteng, Free State and the Limpopo and Mpumalanga Highveld

Here you can expect hot and sunny summers with the occasional afternoon thunder showers cooling things down a little. Winters are mild, sunny and dry days with crisp to cold nights and the odd light frosty night in the middle of winter.
Summer average maximum day temperatures =  28  C      83 F
Summer average minimum night temperatures =  14 C      56 F
Winter average maximum day temperatures    =  17 C      63 F
Winter average minimum night temperatures  =      6 C      43 F
Rainfall in summer (average monthly)  =  105 mm
Rainfall in winter (average monthly)   =   6 mm

Mpumalanga and Limpopo Lowveld, Kruger National Park and surroundings

These areas have a much lower altitude than the ones described above and enjoy warm weather with more humidity. They are in the summer rainfall areas with typical  thundershowers  in the late afternoon. Winters are mild, dry and comfortable.
Summer average maximum day temperatures =  29  C      85 F
Summer average minimum night temperatures =  18 C      65 F
Winter average maximum day temperatures    =  23 C      74 F
Winter average minimum night temperatures  =     7 C       45 F
Rainfall in summer (average monthly)  =  114 mm
Rainfall in winter (average monthly)     =   10 mm

KwaZulu-Natal East Coast

This area is sub-tropical  and therefore enjoys mostly hot  days  and warm balmy nights. Summers are sunny, hot and humid with summer rainfall in the form of late afternoon to evening thunder showers.  Winters are extremely mild with warm, dry and sunny days. The area is hence described as South Africa's winter holiday Mecca.
Summer average maximum day temperatures =  28  C      83 F
Summer average minimum night temperatures =  20 C      68 F
Winter average maximum day temperatures    =  23 C      74 F
Winter average minimum night temperatures  =   12 C      54 F
Rainfall in summer (average monthly)  =  118 mm
Rainfall in winter (average monthly)     =   30 mm

KwaZulu-Natal Interior

The temperatures in this area varies considerably because of  very diverse altitudes. However, it falls in the summer rainfall and dry sunny winter region. It is therefore mostly sunny and pleasant all year round with crisp to cold winter nights.
Summer average maximum day temperatures =  29  C      85 F
Summer average minimum night temperatures =  16 C      61 F
Winter average maximum day temperatures    =  21 C      70 F
Winter average minimum night temperatures  =     4 C      40 F
Rainfall in summer (average monthly)  =  113 mm
Rainfall in winter (average monthly)     =   14 mm

KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg Mountains

This part of the Drakensberg Mountain range is the highest  in South  and Southern Africa. Around 3500 metres at the highest point, it has a volatile weather pattern. Generally though, it falls in the summer rainfall region with dry sunny winter months and a few light snowfalls at the top every winter. Visitors to the high areas of the mountain are always reminded to be prepared for sudden weather changes. The reality is that this is a magic area to visit and one cannot get enough of the scenic beauty of this  area. The temperatures given are the ones at the foothills of the mountain.
Summer average maximum day temperatures =  28  C      83 F
Summer average minimum night temperatures = 10 C       50 F
Winter average maximum day temperatures    =  19 C      67 F
Winter average minimum night temperatures  =      3 C     38 F 
Rainfall in summer (average monthly)  =  100 mm
Rainfall in winter (average monthly)     =   20 mm

The Karoo semi-desert area

This area is, as the heading suggests, a semi-desert area. It has a summer rainfall in the form of thundershowers and dry winters. The anual rainfall is mostly below 200 millimetres (8 inches).
 At first one would say, why on earth visit a desert? However, everybody who has been to the Karoo has raved about it; the amazing open space where you can see the top of  a mountain range a hundred kilometres away, absolute blue skies, more stars at night than you have ever dreamed about, more than sixty species of endemic plants growing in any one area, new meaning to the concept of distance and silence... and so on and so on....
Summer average maximum day temperatures =  31  C      88 F
Summer average minimum night temperatures =  15 C      59 F
Winter average maximum day temperatures    =  19 C      67 F
Rainfall in summer (average monthly)  =  25 mm
Rainfall in winter (average monthly)     =   8 mm

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