Average Weather in Port Elizabeth South Africa
In Port Elizabeth, the summers are short and warm; the winters are long and cool; and it is dry, windy, and mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 47°F to 80°F and is rarely below 40°F or above 86°F.
The warm season lasts for 2.9 months, from December 20 to March 17, with an average daily high temperature above 77°F. The hottest day of the year is January 27, with an average high of 80°F and low of 64°F.
The cool season lasts for 4.2 months, from May 31 to October 4, with an average daily high temperature below 70°F. The coldest day of the year is July 10, with an average low of 47°F and high of 68°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
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 Port Elizabeth, 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 Port Elizabeth 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
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Port Elizabeth varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 7.0 months, from September 26 to April 25, with a greater than 13% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 19% on November 7.
The drier season lasts 5.0 months, from April 25 to September 26. The smallest chance of a wet day is 7% on May 15.
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 19% on November 7.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
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. Port Elizabeth experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Port Elizabeth. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 9, with an average total accumulation of 1.7 inches.
The least rain falls around June 26, with an average total accumulation of 0.6 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Port Elizabeth varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is June 21, with 9 hours, 54 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 14 hours, 25 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 4:59 AM on December 4, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 24 minutes later at 7:23 AM on July 1. The earliest sunset is at 5:15 PM on June 10, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 17 minutes later at 7:32 PM on January 7.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Port Elizabeth during 2017.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
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.
Port Elizabeth experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from December 1 to April 1, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 8% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is February 11, with muggy conditions 33% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is July 18, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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 Port Elizabeth experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.8 months, from July 17 to February 10, with average wind speeds of more than 11.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is October 20, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.7 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.2 months, from February 10 to July 17. The calmest day of the year is May 4, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Port Elizabeth varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 5.8 months, from April 9 to October 4, with a peak percentage of 49% on June 11. The wind is most often from the east for 6.2 months, from October 4 to April 9, with a peak percentage of 39% on January 1.
Port Elizabeth 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 2.9 months, from December 29 to March 25, with an average temperature above 69°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is February 10, with an average temperature of 71°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.1 months, from June 25 to October 30, with an average temperature below 65°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is August 22, with an average temperature of 63°F.
Average Water Temperature
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 18, 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 8.1 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 3.8 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 18, with an average of 2.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Port Elizabeth are -33.918 deg latitude, 25.570 deg longitude, and 154 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Port Elizabeth contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 509 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 190 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (968 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,573 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Port Elizabeth is covered by artificial surfaces (97%), within 10 miles by water (33%) and artificial surfaces (30%), and within 50 miles by water (60%) and shrubs (25%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Port Elizabeth, 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 is only a single weather station, Port Elizabeth Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Port Elizabeth.
At a distance of 9 kilometers from Port Elizabeth, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Port Elizabeth according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , 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 aiports 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.