Being a hot tourist destination ticket, different aspects of South Africa are usually put for discussion. Topics along the lines of ‘which are safest places to visit in South Africa’, ‘what are South Africa’s most historic sites’, ‘when is the best time to visit south Africa?’ are few of the most frequented. The topic of Weather is generally considered the most pleasant conversation starter in most social circles. But if you’re planning to visit South Africa soon, it probably means a little more to you, especially the topic of South African Weather.
Because South Africa is in a subtropical zone, located between 22°S and 35°S of the Southern Hemisphere, it has a wider range of climates and temperatures than most Sub Saharan African countries. It is definitely different from its African counterparts because much like Australia, majority of South Africa is at a higher elevation. This is part of the reason why the weather in South Africa is considered one of the most attractive in Sub-Saharan Africa
Regardless of the South African climate at different points of the year, it still remains one of the hottest destinations all through the year. This is partly because it’s assorted weather, climates the different wildlife prospects that come with the varying weather sensations.
The months between May and September is generally considered to be the best time to visit most wildlife parks; the season is usually dry and the animals tend to assemble around the rivers and waterholes in the various parks making the viewing of various wildlife easier and a little more exquisite. Ironically, this is actually one of the low seasons for tourism as Tourists tend to favor summers and huge holidays. However, during winter, around December, the mornings and nights are cold but the months between May and September are without the cold mornings and nights.
CAPE TOWN WEATHER
The Cape Town weather is known for being beautifully ‘hot’, the warm heat and dry weather in the summer months that usually fall between November and February has been frequently referred to as the best summer weather in Africa. However, those who favor whale watching should consider visiting South Africa between July and November.
Weather in Cape Town is normally considered to be sublime because of its Mediterranean-style climate; what this simply means is warm summers and cool winters – as it should be. However, the average temperature of Cape Town per year is put around 17 degrees, which many consider pleasant.
THE WEATHER IN JOHANNESBURG
In contrast, the Johannesburg weather tends to be considered milder even in the summers due to its location on an elevated surface. However, the weather in Johannesburg puts its winter which falls between June and August as the ‘driest’ time of the year with temperature ranging between 16 and 19°C during the day. This can be seen lingering with the infrequent rainfall during the winter. Winters in Johannesburg are characterized by its warmer days and colder nights.
Autumn in genuinely considered the most favorable of all SA weathers and usually considered the best time to visit certain cities, especially Johannesburg.
TODAY’S WEATHER IN SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa, like many countries in the world has been recently affected by climate change. While South Africa is known for its breathtaking beauty, diversity and extravagance of wildlife – the current change in climate which has rendered the South African weather more versatile than usual, the long term effects may eventually have negative effects on the potency of the country. The country’s temperature is said to have risen gradually, steadily and consequently, significantly in the past 60 years. This trend is not expected to let us soon and is said to mostly affect the coastal towns because of their proximity to the oceans.
This subtle change in weather that continues to develop timidly but not unnoticeably may in the long run have significant socio-economic impacts if adequate measures are not put in place. However, knowing the significance and importance of making South Africa welcoming to everyone, especially its citizen – there might be little need to worry.
For the mean time though, the South African weather is still welcoming and inviting, intoxicating anyone who dares to visits and tempts foreigner to consider the ‘expatriate’ life among the diverse and well cultured beauty South Africa is known for.