Everything You Need To Know About The Seasons Of South Africa

South Africa is well-known for its sunshine. It is a reasonably dry nation, with an average annual rainfall of about 464mm; the global average is about 860mm. Even though Western Cape gets most of its rainfall in winter, the rest of the country is usually a summer-rainfall area.

South African temperatures are often lower than other countries at similar latitudes. For instance, Australia, primarily because of its greater elevation above sea level. South Africa’s coastal areas have the mildest winter temperatures in the country,  but there is quite the contrast between the two different coasts. This is the result of the warm eastern Agulhas and cold western Benguela that sweep the coastlines.

South Africa's seasons are opposite to those of Europe and North America since it's located in the southern hemisphere. This means we celebrate Christmas on the beach!


Summer in South Africa tends to be hot and sunny with frequent afternoon thunderstorms that clear rapidly, leaving a warm, earthy, uniquely African smell. It lasts from October to mid-February.

Western Cape is the exception, with its Mediterranean climate, receiving its rain in winter.


South Africa's autumn season is from mid-February to April. It offers the very best weather with very little rainfall and mild days.

In Cape Town, autumn is fantastic, with warm sunny days and mild evenings which quite a few individuals prefer to spend outdoors.


Winter in South Africa, is usually from May to July within the higher-lying locations and characterised by dry, sunny, cool days and frosty nights.

Western Cape gets the majority of its rain in winter, with quite a number of overcast days. The rainy climate can be rather stormy with strong winds. Heavy snow falls can occur over the high-lying areas in the south-western parts of Western Cape and Northern Cap

KwaZulu-Natal as well as the Lowveld, present superb winter climate with sunny, warmish days and practically no wind or rain.

The higher mountains from the Cape, as well as the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal, normally get snow in winter.


There isn't a place in South Africa where spring is more striking than in the Northern Cape and Western Cape. The grey winter is quickly replaced by plains covered in smaller plants and a radiant carpet of flowers. It generally lasts from August to mid-October.

The journey to discover the flowers on the Namaqualand is an annual pilgrimage for a lot of South Africans.

South Africa offers a subtropical climate, moderated by the ocean on two of three sides and the elevation of the interior level, provides the warm, mild weather so representative of South Africa - and equally attractive to its foreign guests.