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The climate of Johannesburg: when to go to Johannesburg

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The city of Johannesburg is located on a plateau at an altitude of 1,750 meters. This means that Johannesburg has a subtropical plateau climate characterized by sunny and dry climate during the winter months (from May to September) and by warm and humid climate during the summer months (from October to April). Winter is the sunniest time of the year.


The rains are concentrated in the summer months, between November and March, when they occur in the form of afternoon thunderstorms. The annual average rainfall is just over 700 mm. The rainy days are on average 99 per year. The months from November to January are the rainiest with an average of 15 rainy days each. The months between May and September, on the other hand, have averages varying between 1 and 3 rainy days per month. Johannesburg has an average of 3,124 hours of sunshine per year. Snow is a rare occurrence, it snows on average once every 10 years.

The climate of Johannesburg has dry and cold winters and hot and rainy summers. The summer months are characterized by hot days followed by afternoon thundershowers and cool evenings. While in the winter months the days are dry and sunny but the nights are usually cold. Johannesburg temperatures are usually quite mild due to the altitude at which the city is located. Summers are hot and humid with average maximum temperatures ranging between 26 ° C and 24 ° C, the average minimum summer temperatures vary between 15 ° C and 14 ° C. The winters are cold, due to the altitude, with average minimum winter temperatures that vary between 4 ° C and 9 ° C, while the average maximum winters temperatures vary between 16 ° C and 19 ° C.


The best time to visit Johannesburg are the driest months between May and September.


JOHANNESBURG (1753 meters)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 15 26 125  16
February 14 25 90  11
March 13 24 91  12
April 10 21 54  9
May 7 19 13  3
June 4 16 9  2
July 4 17 4  1
August 6 19 6  2
September 9 23 27  4
October 11 24 72  10
November 13 24 117  15
December 14 25 105  15
YEAR 10 22 713  99

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