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Average Weather in Estcourt South Africa

In Estcourt, the wet season is warm and partly cloudy and the dry season is comfortable and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 35°F to 80°F and is rarely below 29°F or above 89°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Estcourt for warm-weather activities is from mid January to late April.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The warm season lasts for 4.3 months, from October 29 to March 7, with an average daily high temperature above 77°F. The hottest day of the year is January 1, with an average high of 80°F and low of 58°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.2 months, from May 27 to August 1, with an average daily high temperature below 68°F. The coldest day of the year is June 30, with an average low of 35°F and high of 65°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

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

Average Hourly Temperature in EstcourtJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldcoldcoldcoolcomfortablecomfortablewarmwarmvery cold
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Charcas, Mexico (9,399 miles away) and Campo Quijano, Argentina (5,716 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Estcourt (view comparison).

Clouds

In Estcourt, 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 Estcourt begins around February 22 and lasts for 7.0 months, ending around September 21. On June 22, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 87% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 13% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around September 21 and lasts for 5.0 months, ending around February 22. On November 14, 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

Cloud Cover Categories in EstcourtclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jun 2287%Jun 2287%Nov 1458%Nov 1458%Feb 2272%Feb 2272%Sep 2173%Sep 2173%clearmostly clearpartly cloudyovercastmostly cloudy
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Estcourt varies very significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 5.5 months, from October 11 to March 29, with a greater than 34% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 64% on December 12.

The drier season lasts 6.5 months, from March 29 to October 11. The smallest chance of a wet day is 4% on July 1.

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 64% on December 12.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in EstcourtwetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Dec 1264%Dec 1264%Jul 14%Jul 14%Oct 1134%Oct 1134%Mar 2934%Mar 2934%rain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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. Estcourt experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 10 months, from July 15 to May 16, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around January 25, with an average total accumulation of 5.8 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.0 months, from May 16 to July 15. The least rain falls around June 24, with an average total accumulation of 0.4 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Estcourt varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is June 21, with 10 hours, 17 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 22, with 14 hours, 0 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 4:53 AM on December 3, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 1 minute later at 6:54 AM on July 1. The earliest sunset is at 5:09 PM on June 9, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 54 minutes later at 7:03 PM on January 9.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Estcourt during 2018.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in EstcourtJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMDec 34:53 AMDec 34:53 AM7:03 PMJan 97:03 PMJan 9Jun 95:09 PMJun 95:09 PM6:54 AMJul 16:54 AMJul 1daynightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

Humidity

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.

Estcourt experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from December 15 to March 17, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 3% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is January 31, with muggy conditions 12% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is July 18, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in EstcourtmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jul 180%Jul 180%Jan 3112%Jan 3112%Dec 153%Dec 153%Mar 173%Mar 173%muggymuggyhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydry
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

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 Estcourt experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from August 4 to January 5, with average wind speeds of more than 6.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is September 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.9 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 7.0 months, from January 5 to August 4. The calmest day of the year is April 27, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.4 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Estcourt varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 4.9 months, from April 19 to September 15, with a peak percentage of 40% on June 26. The wind is most often from the east for 7.1 months, from September 15 to April 19, with a peak percentage of 45% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in EstcourtEWEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westeastnorthsouth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Estcourt 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 Estcourt for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid January to late April, with a peak score in the third week of March.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Estcourtbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.17.14.14.16.26.2 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 Estcourt for hot-weather activities is from mid December to mid March, with a peak score in the third week of February.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Estcourtbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468104.54.50.70.7 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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.

Growing Season

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).

The growing season in Estcourt typically lasts for 9.5 months (288 days), from around August 15 to around May 30, rarely starting before July 13 or after September 10, and rarely ending before May 1 or after June 19.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Estcourtgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Aug 1550%Aug 1550%May 3050%May 3090%Sep 1090%Sep 1090%May 190%May 110%Jul 1310%Jul 1310%Jun 1910%Jun 194%Jul 14%Jul 1Jan 4100%Jan 4100%very coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

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.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Estcourt should appear around July 21, only rarely appearing before July 18 or after July 25.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in EstcourtJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F500°F1,000°F1,500°F2,000°F2,500°F3,000°F3,500°F4,000°F4,500°FJul 2190°FJul 2190°FOct 16900°FOct 16900°FDec 141,800°FDec 141,800°FJun 304,309°FJun 304,309°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from October 29 to February 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is January 1, with an average of 7.6 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from May 5 to August 6, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 19, with an average of 3.8 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in EstcourtbrightbrightdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWh10 kWhJan 17.6 kWhJan 17.6 kWhJun 193.8 kWhJun 193.8 kWhOct 296.8 kWhOct 296.8 kWhMay 54.6 kWhMay 54.6 kWhAug 64.6 kWhAug 64.6 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Estcourt are -29.013 deg latitude, 29.866 deg longitude, and 3,967 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Estcourt contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 659 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,917 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,375 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (9,852 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Estcourt is covered by grassland (56%) and artificial surfaces (37%), within 10 miles by grassland (78%) and shrubs (11%), and within 50 miles by grassland (58%) and cropland (19%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Estcourt, 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 Estcourt.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Estcourt 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 Estcourt is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Estcourt and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: King Shaka International Airport (50%, 140 kilometers, southeast) and Bethlehem (50%, 172 kilometers, northwest).

Other Data

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.

Disclaimer

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.