Weather in October in South Africa

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

The weather in South Africa in October ranges from pleasant to perfect depending on the destination.

October has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from moderate in Port Nolloth with 18°C (64°F) to very warm temperatures in Phalaborwa with 32°C (90°F). Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 17°C (63°F) in Phalaborwa and 10°C (50°F) in Port Nolloth.

Precipitation ranges from low in Port Nolloth with 5mm (0.2inch) rainfall to high in East London with 102mm (4inch) rainfall. In general it is also a sunny month with an average of 278 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 October

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

Average weather in Cape Town

In October Cape Town generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 21°C (70°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 11°C (51°F) and moderate 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
19°C / 66°F 
9°C / 47°F 
225 hours 
41mm / 1.6inch 
10 days 
21°C / 70°F 
11°C / 51°F 
278 hours 
33mm / 1.3inch 
9 days 
23°C / 74°F 
13°C / 56°F 
310 hours 
16mm / 0.6inch 
5 days 
Climate in Cape Town

Average weather in Johannesburg

In October Johannesburg generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 24°C (75°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 11°C (52°F) and moderate 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
23°C / 73°F 
9°C / 48°F 
281 hours 
27mm / 1.1inch 
3 days 
24°C / 75°F 
11°C / 52°F 
270 hours 
76mm / 3inch 
10 days 
24°C / 75°F 
13°C / 55°F 
249 hours 
117mm / 4.6inch 
15 days 
Climate in Johannesburg

Average weather in Durban

In October Durban generally has warm temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 24°C (75°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 17°C (62°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
23°C / 74°F 
15°C / 60°F 
173 hours 
73mm / 2.9inch 
11 days 
24°C / 75°F 
17°C / 62°F 
169 hours 
101mm / 4inch 
15 days 
25°C / 77°F 
18°C / 65°F 
168 hours 
111mm / 4.4inch 
16 days 
Climate in Durban

Average weather in Knysna

In October Knysna generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 19°C (67°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 13°C (55°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
18°C / 65°F 
11°C / 52°F 
255 hours 
45mm / 1.8inch 
12 days 
19°C / 67°F 
13°C / 55°F 
300 hours 
88mm / 3.5inch 
14 days 
21°C / 69°F 
14°C / 57°F 
320 hours 
95mm / 3.7inch 
14 days 
Climate in Knysna

Average weather in Stellenbosch

In October Stellenbosch generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 21°C (70°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 11°C (51°F) and moderate 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
19°C / 66°F 
9°C / 47°F 
225 hours 
41mm / 1.6inch 
10 days 
21°C / 70°F 
11°C / 51°F 
278 hours 
33mm / 1.3inch 
9 days 
23°C / 74°F 
13°C / 56°F 
310 hours 
16mm / 0.6inch 
5 days 
Climate in Stellenbosch

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

Is October the best time to go to South Africa?

In our opinion October 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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