Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Kruisfontein South Africa
In Kruisfontein, the summers are warm; the winters are long, cool, dry, and windy; and it is mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 47°F to 78°F and is rarely below 41°F or above 85°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Kruisfontein for warm-weather activities is from late November to early April.
Climate in Kruisfontein
Average Temperature in Kruisfontein
The warm season lasts for 3.1 months, from December 19 to March 21, with an average daily high temperature above 75°F. The hottest day of the year is February 11, with an average high of 78°F and low of 62°F.
The cool season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 30 to September 28, with an average daily high temperature below 68°F. The coldest day of the year is July 11, with an average low of 47°F and high of 65°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Kruisfontein
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in Kruisfontein
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In Kruisfontein, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Kruisfontein begins around December 13 and lasts for 3.4 months, ending around March 26. On February 11, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 84% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 16% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around March 26 and lasts for 8.6 months, ending around December 13. On May 11, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 40% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 60% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Kruisfontein
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Kruisfontein does not experience significant seasonal variation in the frequency of wet days (i.e., those with greater than 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation). The frequency ranges from 9% to 18%, with an average value of 14%.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 18% on November 18.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Kruisfontein
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Kruisfontein experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Kruisfontein. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 4, with an average total accumulation of 1.6 inches.
The least rain falls around June 25, with an average total accumulation of 0.7 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Kruisfontein
The length of the day in Kruisfontein varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 9 hours, 53 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 14 hours, 26 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Kruisfontein
The earliest sunrise is at 5:02 AM on December 5, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 25 minutes later at 7:27 AM on June 29. The earliest sunset is at 5:18 PM on June 12, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 18 minutes later at 7:36 PM on January 6.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Kruisfontein during 2021.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Kruisfontein
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Kruisfontein
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
Kruisfontein experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from December 10 to March 23, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 5% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is February 12, with muggy conditions 19% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is July 26, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Kruisfontein
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Kruisfontein experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 8.1 months, from June 5 to February 9, with average wind speeds of more than 9.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is October 20, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 3.9 months, from February 9 to June 5. The calmest day of the year is March 29, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Kruisfontein
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Kruisfontein varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 6.5 months, from March 31 to October 16 and for 1.0 weeks, from November 5 to November 12, with a peak percentage of 50% on June 4. The wind is most often from the east for 2.9 weeks, from October 16 to November 5 and for 4.6 months, from November 12 to March 31, with a peak percentage of 36% on October 28.
Wind Direction in Kruisfontein
Kruisfontein is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 2.7 months, from December 26 to March 17, with an average temperature above 69°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is February 2, with an average temperature of 70°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.2 months, from June 23 to October 31, with an average temperature below 64°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is August 25, with an average temperature of 63°F.
Average Water Temperature in Kruisfontein
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Kruisfontein throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Kruisfontein for general outdoor tourist activities is from late November to early April, with a peak score in the second week of February.
Tourism Score in Kruisfontein
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Kruisfontein for hot-weather activities is from early January to early March, with a peak score in the last week of January.
Beach/Pool Score in Kruisfontein
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
Temperatures in Kruisfontein are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Kruisfontein
Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Growing Degree Days in Kruisfontein
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from November 8 to February 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is January 1, with an average of 8.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from April 28 to August 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.7 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 20, with an average of 2.6 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Kruisfontein
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Kruisfontein are -34.003 deg latitude, 24.731 deg longitude, and 748 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Kruisfontein contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,178 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 785 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,841 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (5,676 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Kruisfontein is covered by cropland (57%) and shrubs (43%), within 10 miles by cropland (65%) and shrubs (33%), and within 50 miles by water (54%) and shrubs (33%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Kruisfontein, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Kruisfontein.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Kruisfontein according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Kruisfontein is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Kruisfontein and a given station.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.