South Africa’s Climate

Most of South Africa receives summer rainfall, except for the South Western cape, which is Mediterranean in climate and receives winter rainfall. The North Western quandrant of the country is hot and dry desert, while the east coast is known for its humidity and sub-tropical lushness. The north eastern interior is less humid and it’s high altitude results in noticeably colder winters (particularly at night) than on the coast.

South Africa’s Rainfall

We’ll be based in Pretoria, where hot Summer days are regularly interrupted by short and intense afternoon or evening thunderstorms. Lightning occurs with these storms frequently, and occasionally they also bring hail. Summer temperatures range from  61°F (16°C) at night to 86°F (30°C) during the day, with an average high of about 82°F (28°C). Winters are mild and dry with temperatures averaging between 41°F (5°C) and  68°F (20°C). The coldest part of Pretoria’s winter, in which frost forms most nights, lasts about 6 weeks in July/ August.

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~ by masimdumisene on August 27, 2010.