Johannesburg Weather, When to Go and Climate Information

(Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa)

Summer skyline photoJohannesburg enjoys pleasant weather all year round. Indeed, this is amongst the city's main attractions for holiday makers. One of the reasons for such a great climate is the fact that Johannesburg is located at high altitude, at some 1,753 metres / 5,751 feet above sea level.

Another reason is that there's often a light breeze, helping to ward off extremely hot temperatures. Johannesburg's seasons are not always clearly defined, with summer sometimes running and merging into autumn.

Gold Reef photo

Seasonal Climate Variations / When to Go

Visitors can expect to enjoy blue skies and high temperatures during the summer months. Between October and March, average daytime temperatures are 28°C / 82°F. Evening temperatures feel pleasantly balmy.

Most of Johannesburg's rainy weather takes place during the summer. This can range from light showers to thunderstorms. The latter can be quite dramatic, but don't usually last for very long. Sunshine is sure to follow soon afterwards.

Picture of shops and buildings in the city centreThe winter climate in Johannesburg is generally warm and dry. Indeed, daytime temperatures can reach as high as 25°C / 77°F. On the other hand, it can feel quite chilly during the evening and it is not uncommon to experience freezing temperatures at night. Visitors should come prepared, then, to dress for mild days and cool evenings.

Many visitors prefer to visit Johannesburg during the early summer, in September or October or in autumn, which runs from March to April. At these times, climate conditions are ideal for sightseeing in comfort and, outside of the main holiday periods, Johannesburg is likely to be less crowded.

Johannesburg Weather and Climate Chart (Averages)



29°C / 84°F
17°C / 63°F


29°C / 84°F
17°C / 63°F


28°C / 82°F
16°C / 61°F


24°C / 75°F
12°C / 54°F


22°C / 72°F
7°C / 45°F


21°C / 70°F
4°C / 39°F


20°C / 68°F
3°C / 37°F


23°C / 73°F
8°C / 46°F


27°C / 81°F
11°C / 52°F


28°C / 82°F
14°C / 57°F


28°C / 82°F
15°C / 59°F


28°C / 82°F
16°C / 61°F