Weather in August in South Africa

Many people wonder what kind of weather they can expect in August in South Africa. Is this month a good time to go to South Africa? To answer that question we created this page with all the information you need.

What is the weather like in South Africa in August?

The weather conditions in South Africa in August range from pleasant to perfect depending on the destination. It is a winter month.

During August in South Africa, the average temperature ranges from moderate in Sutherland with 14°C (58°F) to high in Phalaborwa with 28°C (82°F). Minimum nighttime temperatures generally drop to 11°C (52°F) in Phalaborwa and -4°C (25°F) in Sutherland.

Precipitation in August ranges from almost non in Upington with an average of 4mm (0.2inch) rainfall to moderate in East London with 78mm (3.1inch). It is also generally a sunny month with an average of 212 hours of sunshine in Cape Town during the whole month.

We invite you to have a look at the map below to find out more about the different weather conditions per location in South Africa.

Where to go in South Africa in August

Find the average weather conditions in August for the most popular destinations in South Africa on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inch a month).

Popular destinations in South Africa

What is the weather like in August for the 5 most popular destinations in South Africa?

Average weather in Cape Town

In August Cape Town generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 18°C (64°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 7°C (45°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant that month.

Cape Town
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   July July
<<  
17°C / 63°F 
7°C / 45°F 
193 hours 
83mm / 3.3inch 
12 days 
18°C / 64°F 
7°C / 45°F 
212 hours 
77mm / 3inch 
14 days 
19°C / 66°F 
9°C / 47°F 
225 hours 
41mm / 1.6inch 
10 days 
Climate in Cape Town

Average weather in Johannesburg

In August Johannesburg generally has pleasant temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 19°C (67°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 6°C (43°F) and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Johannesburg
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   July July
<<  
17°C / 62°F 
4°C / 39°F 
284 hours 
4mm / 0.2inch 
1 day 
19°C / 67°F 
6°C / 43°F 
284 hours 
6mm / 0.2inch 
2 days 
23°C / 73°F 
9°C / 48°F 
281 hours 
27mm / 1.1inch 
3 days 
Climate in Johannesburg

Average weather in Durban

In August Durban generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 23°C (73°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 13°C (55°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Durban
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   July July
<<  
23°C / 73°F 
11°C / 51°F 
233 hours 
39mm / 1.5inch 
5 days 
23°C / 73°F 
13°C / 55°F 
216 hours 
65mm / 2.6inch 
7 days 
23°C / 74°F 
15°C / 60°F 
173 hours 
73mm / 2.9inch 
11 days 
Climate in Durban

Average weather in Knysna

In August Knysna generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 18°C (64°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 10°C (50°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant that month.

Knysna
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   July July
<<  
18°C / 64°F 
10°C / 50°F 
241 hours 
37mm / 1.5inch 
10 days 
18°C / 64°F 
10°C / 50°F 
260 hours 
68mm / 2.7inch 
11 days 
18°C / 65°F 
11°C / 52°F 
255 hours 
45mm / 1.8inch 
12 days 
Climate in Knysna

Average weather in Stellenbosch

In August Stellenbosch generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 18°C (64°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 7°C (45°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant that month.

Stellenbosch
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   July July
<<  
17°C / 63°F 
7°C / 45°F 
193 hours 
83mm / 3.3inch 
12 days 
18°C / 64°F 
7°C / 45°F 
212 hours 
77mm / 3inch 
14 days 
19°C / 66°F 
9°C / 47°F 
225 hours 
41mm / 1.6inch 
10 days 
Climate in Stellenbosch

Is your destination not in the list? Have a look at other destinations in South Africa.

Is August the best time to go to South Africa?

In our opinion August is a good time to visit South Africa with commonly pleasant weather in Cape Town.

On average the best time to visit South Africa is in January, February, March, April, May, October, November and December with generally perfect weather in Cape Town. The worst month is July that can have tolerable weather conditions.

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