Average weather and climate in South Africa

South Africa has a warm temperate climate making it a popular spot for foreign visitors. South Africa is a relatively dry country and is well known for its sunshine. With an average annual rainfall of only 464mm, the Western Cape gets most of its rainfall in winter.

Best time of the year to travel to South Africa depends on what you want to do. The flowers are at their best in August and September. The best time for game viewing is in the late spring months of September and October. The Southern Right Whales are off the coasts from about mid-June to the end of October.

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Please select a city in or above the map you wish to travel to or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperature over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year

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