Average Weather in Maclear South Africa
In Maclear, the summers are warm and wet; the winters are short, cold, dry, and windy; and it is mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 36°F to 78°F and is rarely below 30°F or above 89°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Maclear for warm-weather activities is from early December to mid April.
The warm season lasts for 3.9 months, from November 29 to March 25, with an average daily high temperature above 75°F. The hottest day of the year is January 3, with an average high of 78°F and low of 58°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.3 months, from May 30 to August 8, with an average daily high temperature below 66°F. The coldest day of the year is July 1, with an average low of 36°F and high of 63°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
Campo Quijano, Argentina (5,575 miles away); Valle Hermoso, Argentina (5,304 miles); and Picton, Australia (6,576 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Maclear (view comparison).
In Maclear, 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 Maclear begins around April 22 and lasts for 4.6 months, ending around September 8. On July 16, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 82% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 18% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 8 and lasts for 7.4 months, ending around April 22. On October 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 42% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 58% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Maclear varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.8 months, from October 11 to April 4, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 55% on February 6.
The drier season lasts 6.2 months, from April 4 to October 11. The smallest chance of a wet day is 5% on July 9.
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 55% on February 6.
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. Maclear experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Maclear. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 13, with an average total accumulation of 5.0 inches.
The least rain falls around June 25, with an average total accumulation of 0.5 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Maclear varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 10 hours, 8 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 14 hours, 10 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 4:55 AM on December 3, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 10 minutes later at 7:05 AM on June 30. The earliest sunset is at 5:11 PM on June 10, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 4 minutes later at 7:14 PM on January 8.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Maclear during 2021.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
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
The perceived humidity level in Maclear, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 1% of 1% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Maclear experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from May 14 to November 22, with average wind speeds of more than 8.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is July 30, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.8 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.8 months, from November 22 to May 14. The calmest day of the year is March 7, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Maclear varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 8.5 months, from March 8 to November 23, with a peak percentage of 66% on June 14. The wind is most often from the east for 3.5 months, from November 23 to March 8, with a peak percentage of 34% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Maclear 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 Maclear for general outdoor tourist activities is from early December to mid April, with a peak score in the second week of February.
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 Maclear for hot-weather activities is from late December to early March, with a peak score in the last week of January.
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.
The growing season in Maclear typically lasts for 9.2 months (280 days), from around August 24 to around May 31, rarely starting before July 22 or after October 4, and rarely ending before May 6 or after June 26.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Maclear should appear around July 26, only rarely appearing before July 21 or after August 1.
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from November 2 to February 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is December 22, with an average of 8.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from May 2 to August 8, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 19, with an average of 3.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Maclear are -31.071 deg latitude, 28.352 deg longitude, and 4,140 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Maclear contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 892 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4,355 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,159 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (9,229 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Maclear is covered by grassland (80%) and cropland (14%), within 10 miles by grassland (79%) and cropland (12%), and within 50 miles by grassland (58%) and bare soil (23%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Maclear, 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, Mthatha Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Maclear.
At a distance of 61 kilometers from Maclear, 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 Maclear 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.
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .