South African Climate: The Full Review


The South African climate may actually be considered as one of the country’s many attractions.

It is a known fact that South Africa has a lot to offer its visitors. A rich history, beautiful cities, diverse cultures, idyll beaches and a million fun things to do.

The climate is generally considered one of the reasons millions of tourists flock to South Africa every year. The low rainfall average and the warm, inviting sunshine is definitely endearing to both tourists and expatriates.

The most interesting thing about the climate is how incredibly diverse it is all over the country. Its varied landscape impacts the various climates in various locations differently.

The terrain, the elevation and even ocean currents play a major role in this.

An understanding of the different climates in the different cities at different times will certainly help when it comes to deciding when to visit.

Climate In Cape Town

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Cape Town is easily one of the most popular cities in South Africa. Cape Town also has a name recognition worldwide that many cities can only dream of.

It is only safe to assume that the climate in Cape Town is favorable. If it weren’t, why would so many people travel to Cape Town every year?

To start with, Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate. This is characterized by mildly wet winters and warm, dry summers.

Cape Town’s Winters usually start from the beginning of June and rounds off at the end of August.

Summers are usually the best time to visit Cape Town. The lack of rain allows you to tour the city to your fullest delight.

However, if you’re looking for a romantic getaway then winters are best. The mild rains are perfect for staying in and snuggling. The best part, you can still see the city on the days without rain.

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Climate In Durban

Durban is a beautiful, vibrant city and the largest in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. Known for its idyllic beaches, vibrant culture and delectable delicacies, Durban is just one of those cities you have to visit.

Because of its location on the Indian Ocean, Durban has an oceanic climate. This allows Durban to maintain moderate weather all year-long. Its warm summers and cool, dry winter are perfect for lounging by the beach.

The summers, which are occasionally rainy, begin in November and end around mid-April. The summer days are sunny and warm but the rains come in the afternoon or evening.

Winters, which occur from June to August, are sunny and cool.

Climate In Johannesburg


Johannesburg which also known as Jo’burg or Jozi is South Africa’s largest City. You’d be surprised to hear that Jo’burg is not one of South Africa’s capital cities.

Because of its location on the Highveld plateau, Johannesburg has a subtropical highland climate.

In summer, Johannesburg enjoys hot days, afternoon rains and cool evenings but during winter – its dry sunny days are followed by cool nights.

The general temperature in Johannesburg is moderately mild because of the city’s elevation.

It’s funny how winter is actually the sunniest time of the year here. But at night, the temperature sometimes drops below freezing point.

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Climate In Pretoria

South Africa’s Pretoria is one of the country’s three capital cities. The others being Cape Town and Bloemfontein.

Like many other cities in South Africa, Pretoria has more than enough to offer its visitors.

The Climate in Pretoria is subtropical. This is simply characterized by short winters which are usually cold and dry.  Thanks to the clear skies the winter brings, nights can get extremely cold.

However because of its sheltered valley position, it is often referred to as a ‘heat trap’.

Rain comes primarily during summer and almost none at all during winter.

I could go on and on about the South African Climate. I could tell you about the climate in Port Elizabeth, climate in Knysna and the climate in East London.

I could tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know. But the truth remains, the best way to know about the weather and climate in South Africa is to experience it for yourself.

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