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South Africa local weather (Cape Town)

South Africa is a true melting pot of different races and cultures contained in one country. But there is another reason it deserves the title of Rainbow Nation – the weather in South Africa!

It's Always Sunny in the East

If it's year-round sunshine and warm weather you're after, the East Coast is the place for you. Durban is a holiday-maker's paradise with its sub-tropical climate and warm waters throughout the year. Unlike the rest of the weather in South Africa, the eastern part of the country is influenced by the warm Indian Ocean and the equator. Winter falls between June and August but the air retains a distinct summer feel as the temperature averages around 23 ºC, rarely ever dropping below 16 ºC during July. Be prepared for harsh humidity however, especially from December to February when the mercury often reaches the mid- to late-thirties.

The Wonderful West Coast

The West Coast, on the other hand, enjoys weather of a whole different variety. Expect a climate similar to that of Mediterranean countries – sunny and dry summers versus cool, wet winters. Cape Town is ideally positioned along two opposing oceans: the cool Atlantic Ocean on one side and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean on the other.

The weather in South Africa may seem to be sunny all year round but, between May and August, Cape Town can become blistery cold, with occasional snowfall on the surrounding mountains bringing cold nights and icy winds. Also remember to always have a jacket on hand for unpredictable gale force winds which often lead to veld fires (wild fires that destroy forests and vegetation). Tourists will love the weather in South Africa as Cape Town summer experiences temperatures in the late twenties to early thirties - perfect for enjoying the area's several vineyards and wildlife.

Upcountry Living

Inland cities such as Johannesburg tend to be milder in summer and traditionally warmer than the rest of the country in winter due to its height above sea level. Daytime temperatures during June to September often soar as high as 25º C in July. Nights can become chilly as temperatures fall below zero at times. Unlike the coastal areas, rainfall in the interior occurs during the summer months between October and March. Beware of the dry winds that are typical of the Highveld though.

Johannesburg is famous for its gold mines and during August, residents know to expect swirling dust from the mines which causes a fine haze to hang in the air. Wherever you choose to visit, the weather in South Africa is sure to create the perfect backdrop for your travels.