Weather in December in South Africa

Many people wonder what kind of weather they can expect in December 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 December?

The weather conditions in South Africa in December range from tolerable to perfect depending on the destination.

During December in South Africa, the average temperature ranges from pleasant in Port Nolloth with 20°C (68°F) to very high in Upington with 35°C (95°F). Minimum nighttime temperatures generally drop to 19°C (66°F) in Upington and 13°C (55°F) in Port Nolloth.

Precipitation in December ranges from almost non in Port Nolloth with an average of 3mm (0.1inch) rainfall to high in Newcastle with 124mm (4.9inch). It is also generally a sunny month with an average of 334 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 December

Find the average weather conditions in December 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 December for the 5 most popular destinations in South Africa?

Average weather in Cape Town

In December Cape Town generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 25°C (77°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 15°C (59°F) and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect 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
23°C / 74°F 
13°C / 56°F 
310 hours 
16mm / 0.6inch 
5 days 
25°C / 77°F 
15°C / 59°F 
334 hours 
17mm / 0.7inch 
6 days 
January   >> January
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26°C / 79°F 
16°C / 60°F 
338 hours 
14mm / 0.6inch 
6 days 
Climate in Cape Town

Average weather in Johannesburg

In December Johannesburg generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 25°C (77°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 14°C (57°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant 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
24°C / 75°F 
13°C / 55°F 
249 hours 
117mm / 4.6inch 
15 days 
25°C / 77°F 
14°C / 57°F 
264 hours 
103mm / 4.1inch 
15 days 
January   >> January
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26°C / 78°F 
15°C / 59°F 
250 hours 
123mm / 4.8inch 
15 days 
Climate in Johannesburg

Average weather in Durban

In December Durban generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 27°C (81°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 20°C (68°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are pleasant 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
25°C / 77°F 
18°C / 65°F 
168 hours 
111mm / 4.4inch 
16 days 
27°C / 81°F 
20°C / 68°F 
190 hours 
101mm / 4inch 
15 days 
January   >> January
>>  
28°C / 82°F 
21°C / 70°F 
183 hours 
130mm / 5.1inch 
15 days 
Climate in Durban

Average weather in Knysna

In December Knysna generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 22°C (72°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 16°C (61°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect 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
21°C / 69°F 
14°C / 57°F 
320 hours 
95mm / 3.7inch 
14 days 
22°C / 72°F 
16°C / 61°F 
345 hours 
64mm / 2.5inch 
13 days 
January   >> January
>>  
24°C / 74°F 
17°C / 63°F 
320 hours 
64mm / 2.5inch 
14 days 
Climate in Knysna

Average weather in Stellenbosch

In December Stellenbosch generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 25°C (77°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 15°C (59°F) and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect 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
23°C / 74°F 
13°C / 56°F 
310 hours 
16mm / 0.6inch 
5 days 
25°C / 77°F 
15°C / 59°F 
334 hours 
17mm / 0.7inch 
6 days 
January   >> January
>>  
26°C / 79°F 
16°C / 60°F 
338 hours 
14mm / 0.6inch 
6 days 
Climate in Stellenbosch

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

Is December the best time to go to South Africa?

In our opinion December is one of the best times to visit South Africa with commonly perfect 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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