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Climate and Weather of South Africa

South Africa encompasses a variety of climate zones. The north, west, and much of the central region experience a relatively warm desert and warm steppe climate. However, due to its proximity to the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, the majority of South Africa has a temperate climate. Overall, South Africa is a relatively dry country, celebrated for its abundant sunshine.

Winter in South Africa spans from June to August. These months are the coolest and, apart from the south-west (the Cape), the driest. In the Kruger Park, average maximum temperatures during winter hover between 26°C and 27°C. However, nighttime temperatures can dip just above freezing.

For those seeking a beach holiday in South Africa during winter, the coastal towns in the Kwazulu/Natal region are ideal. The warm gulf stream ensures the seawater remains temperate. With temperatures often exceeding 20°C and typically clear skies, this region offers a delightful winter getaway.

Summer, running from December to February, can be very hot, especially in the desert areas adjacent to the eastern side of Namibia. Here, daytime temperatures can easily soar to between 34°C and 38°C. The Kruger Park also gets very warm, and the potential for rainfall often results in higher relative humidity.

On average, South Africa receives an annual rainfall of just 464 mm. The best time to visit South Africa truly depends on your intended activities. The flowers are in full bloom in August and September. For game viewing, the best months are September and October. Meanwhile, the Southern Right Whales grace the coasts from around mid-June to the end of October.

Do note, however, that South Africa's vast size and diverse landscapes mean that weather can vary significantly by region. It's always a good idea to check the specific weather conditions for your intended destination before planning a trip.

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1. Yearly average minimum and maximum temperatures
2. Monthly averages of precipitation throughout the year (rainfall, snow etc)
3. Monthly average hours of sunshine throughout the year

Additionally, some pages provide historical weather data such as humidity, wind speed, and water temperature.

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