Weather in March in South Africa

Many people wonder what the weather conditions are in March 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 March?

The weather in South Africa in March ranges from pleasant to perfect depending on the destination. March is a summer month in South Africa.

March has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from moderate in Port Nolloth with 20°C (68°F) to very warm temperatures in Upington with 32°C (90°F). Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 18°C (64°F) in Upington and 12°C (54°F) in Port Nolloth. It is a very warm month in some areas, so be prepared and make sure to dress lightly.

Precipitation ranges from almost non in Port Nolloth with 4mm (0.2inch) rainfall to high in Durban with 120mm (4.7inch) rainfall. In general it is also a sunny month with an average of 293 hours of sunshine in Cape Town during the whole month.

Where to go in South Africa in March

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

Average weather in Cape Town

In March Cape Town generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 25°C (78°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 14°C (57°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
27°C / 80°F 
16°C / 60°F 
297 hours 
16mm / 0.6inch 
5 days 
25°C / 78°F 
14°C / 57°F 
293 hours 
21mm / 0.8inch 
5 days 
April   >> April
>>  
23°C / 73°F 
12°C / 53°F 
234 hours 
41mm / 1.6inch 
8 days 
Climate in Cape Town

Average weather in Johannesburg

In March Johannesburg generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 24°C (75°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 13°C (55°F) and high 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
25°C / 77°F 
14°C / 57°F 
225 hours 
94mm / 3.7inch 
11 days 
24°C / 75°F 
13°C / 55°F 
239 hours 
90mm / 3.5inch 
10 days 
April   >> April
>>  
21°C / 70°F 
10°C / 50°F 
237 hours 
54mm / 2.1inch 
10 days 
Climate in Johannesburg

Average weather in Durban

In March Durban generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 28°C (82°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 20°C (69°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
28°C / 82°F 
21°C / 70°F 
179 hours 
112mm / 4.4inch 
13 days 
28°C / 82°F 
20°C / 69°F 
201 hours 
120mm / 4.7inch 
13 days 
April   >> April
>>  
26°C / 79°F 
17°C / 63°F 
206 hours 
73mm / 2.9inch 
9 days 
Climate in Durban

Average weather in Knysna

In March Knysna generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 23°C (73°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 16°C (62°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
24°C / 75°F 
17°C / 63°F 
300 hours 
54mm / 2.1inch 
11 days 
23°C / 73°F 
16°C / 62°F 
280 hours 
82mm / 3.2inch 
15 days 
April   >> April
>>  
21°C / 70°F 
14°C / 58°F 
262 hours 
61mm / 2.4inch 
12 days 
Climate in Knysna

Average weather in Stellenbosch

In March Stellenbosch generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 25°C (78°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 14°C (57°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
27°C / 80°F 
16°C / 60°F 
297 hours 
16mm / 0.6inch 
5 days 
25°C / 78°F 
14°C / 57°F 
293 hours 
21mm / 0.8inch 
5 days 
April   >> April
>>  
23°C / 73°F 
12°C / 53°F 
234 hours 
41mm / 1.6inch 
8 days 
Climate in Stellenbosch

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

Is March the best time to go to South Africa?

In our opinion March 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 months are July and August that can have tolerable weather conditions.

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