Climate and average weather in South Africa
South Africa has a warm temperate climate making it a popular spot for foreign visitors. South Africa is a relatively dry country and is well known for its sunshine. With an average annual rainfall of only 464mm (18.2 in), the Western Cape gets most of its rainfall in winter.
Best time of the year to travel to South Africa depends on what you want to do. The flowers are at their best in August and September. The best time for game viewing is in the late spring months of September and October. The Southern Right Whales are off the coasts from about mid-June to the end of October.
Interested in more detailed information on the Weather and Climate in South Africa?
Please select the city you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination, in or above the map. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperature over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
On certain pages we also offer other historical weather data like humidity, wind speed and water temperature.
Regions in South Africa
Popular places in South Africa
Select a city to see its average temperature, precipitation and hours of sunshine over the year.
- Beaufort West
- Cape Town
- East London
- Fish hoek
- Gordonʼs Bay
- Hout Bay
- Jeffreys Bay
- Kempton Park