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Climate of Port Elizabeth: when to go to Port Elizabeth

The city of Port Elizabeth is located in the mixed climate zone between the Mediterranean climate and the oceanic climate. This means that the climate of the city has cold but mild winters and hot summers, but not excessively humid and hot as it happens in the northernmost areas of the east coast of South Africa.

Port Elizabeth has a sub-tropical climate with rainfall well distributed throughout the year. The annual average rainfall is just over 600 mm. While the rainy days are, on average, 112 in a year. The least rainy months are those corresponding to the local summer, namely those between December and February.

The city has mild temperatures throughout the year. In winter the minimum average temperatures vary between 9 ° C and 11 ° C, while the maximum averages are stable at 20 ° C. In summer, the average maximum temperatures vary between 25 ° C and 24 ° C, while the average minimum temperatures vary between 18 ° C and 16 ° C.

The sea water temperature in Port Elizabeth varies between 19 ° C in the winter months and 23 ° C in the summer months.


Port Elizabeth has a mild climate which makes it a suitable destination at any time of year. The sea has variable temperatures between 23 ° C in the summer months (December-March) and 19 ° C in the winter months (June-August), which makes swimming pleasant at any time of the year. The city is among the sunniest cities on the Cape coast of South Africa.


PORT ELIZABETH (15 meters)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 18 25 36  9
February 18 25 40  9
March 17 25 54  10
April 14 23 58  9
May 12 22 59  9
June 9 20 62  8
July 9 20 47  8
August 10 20 64  10
September 11 20 62  9
October 13 21 59  11
November 15 22 49  11
December 16 24 34  9
YEAR 14 22 624  112
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 23
February 23
March 23
April 22
May 21
June 20
July 19
August 19
September 19
October 20
November 21
December 22

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