Temperatures in South Africa in May

South Africa in May has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from pleasant in Middelburg with 18°C (64°F) to high temperatures in Phalaborwa with 29°C (84°F). Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 12°C (54°F) in Phalaborwa and 3°C (37°F) in Middelburg.

What is the temperature for the different cities in South Africa in May

Find the average daytime temperatures in May for the most popular destinations in South Africa on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

Legend very warm warm pleasant moderate cold very cold
Very warm means maximum temperatures above 30ºC (86ºF). Warm: 22ºC (72ºF) to 30ºC (86ºF). Pleasant: 18ºC (64ºF) to 22ºC (72ºF) Moderate: 12ºC (54ºF) to 18ºC (64ºF). Cold: 2ºC (36ºF) to 12ºC (54ºF). Very cold: lower than 2ºC (36ºF)

  • What is the warmest city in May in South Africa?
  • Phalaborwa tops the warmest city list in our database with average maximum daytime temperatures around 29°C (84°F) and minimum nighttime temperature around 12°C (54°F).

  • What is the coldest city in May in South Africa?
  • The coldest city in May in South Africa is Middelburg when we check our database. The maximum daytime temperatures are around 18°C (64°F) and minimum nighttime temperatures fall around 3°C (37°F).

  • How much sun does South Africa get in May?
  • May is generally a sunny month with an average of 205 hours of sunshine in Cape Town during the whole month.

  • How warm is the water in May?
  • The water temperature averages approximately 21°C (70°F) in East London this month, an ideal temperature for swimming and cooling off.

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