Johannesburg Weather Guide

With a subtropical highland climate due to its high elevation, Johannesburg enjoys mild weather all year round with warm and wet summer days and crisp, clear winter weather. The best time to visit the city is early summer, spring or autumn when the crowds and climate are optimal for sightseeing.

Season and Clothing

Summer: November to February

The long summer season is characterised by warm, sunny days and balmy nights. Unexpected showers or thunderstorms are common during summer afternoons but pass over quickly to revert back to warm, sunny weather with daily temps of up to 28 degrees Celsius.

Average temperatures: 13 - 26 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: T-shirts, shorts, dresses.
Don't forget: Sunscreen and an umbrella.

Autumn: March to April

The summer months can sometimes blur the start of autumn due to the residual pleasant sunny weather. Autumn is considered one of the best times to visit Johannesburg due to the mild climate and is optimal for sightseeing with less crowds.

Average temperatures: 10 - 24 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Items for layering - lightweight pants, shorts, t-shirts.
Don't forget: Good walking shoes.

Winter: May to July

Winter in Jo'burg remains mild, dry and warm with clear skies and temperatures can still reach up to 25 degrees Celsius during the day. Nights can be chilly to even freezing conditions due to the altitude, so be sure to pack some warmer clothing.

Average temperatures: 4 to 17 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Long-sleeve tops, pants, shorts, t-shirts.
Don't forget: A jacket for night-time.

Spring: August to October

Spring is another ideal time to visit Jozi with warm, sunny weather and just the occasional unexpected downpour. It's also when the plains are carpeted with wildflowers in stunning colours making it a popular time for travellers.

Average temperatures: 6 - 25 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Items for layering: dresses, pants, shorts, long- and short-sleeve tops.
Don't forget: A camera.