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Weather

Elephant Back South Africa Sojourn

Weather


South Africa, in the Southern Hemisphere, has its seasons reversed from the Northern Hemisphere. Winter is May through August, when daytime temperatures in Cape Town and Johannesburg are in the 50s and 60s, dropping to the 30s and 40s at night. With the exception of Cape Town, it rarely rains in the winter. In the summer months (November - March) temperatures in Cape Town and Johannesburg are usually in the 70s and 80s during the day, and 60s at night. There are sometimes afternoon thundershowers, generally lasting about an hour and often including an electrifying display of thunder and lightning. The southwestern Cape (Cape Town) has its own unique weather patterns. Here the rain comes between April and October, with daytime highs in the 50s and nights in the mid 40s.

Although Livingstone is hotter and more arid than the rest of Zambia, it is relatively cool in Victoria Falls itself. There are three different seasons here. May to August is slightly cooler, with temperatures in the 70s during the day and 40s-50s at night. In September and October it is usually hotter, with highs in the 100s and lows in the 60s. The rainy season is in summer (November-March), when the weather is warm and humid.

Cape Town

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

61°F (16°C)

79°F (26°C)

February

61°F (16°C)

79°F (26° C)

March

57°F (14°C)

77°F (25°C)

April

54°F (12°C)

72°F (22°C)

May

48°F (9°C)

66°F (19°C)

June

46°F (8°C)

64°F (18°C)

July

45°F (7°C)

63°F (17°C)

August

46°F (8°C)

64°F (18°C)

September

48°F (9°C)

64°F (18°C)

October

52°F (11°C)

70°F (21°C)

November

55°F (13°C)

73°F (23°C)

December

57°F (14°C)

75°F (24°C)

Sabi Sabi

Month

Min. Temp

Max. Temp

January

71°F (22°C)

95°F (35°C)

February

71°F (22°C)

95°F (35° C)

March

66°F (19°C)

82°F (28°C)

April

60°F (16°C)

82°F (28°C)

May

66°F (19°C)

82°F (28°C)

June

53°F (12°C)

77°F (25°C)

July

53°F (12°C)

77°F (25°C)

August

53°F (12°C)

77°F (25°C)

September

68°F (20°C)

87°F (31°C)

October

68°F (20°C)

87°F (31°C)

November

68°F (20°C)

87°F (31°C)

December

71°F (22°C)

95°F (35°C)