Average Weather in eSikhawini South Africa
In eSikhawini, the summers are warm and muggy; the winters are short, comfortable, and dry; and it is windy and mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 57°F to 83°F and is rarely below 53°F or above 90°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit eSikhawini for hot-weather activities is from mid December to late April.
The warm season lasts for 3.7 months, from December 10 to April 1, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is January 20, with an average high of 83°F and low of 71°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.6 months, from June 3 to August 22, with an average daily high temperature below 75°F. The coldest day of the year is July 4, with an average low of 57°F and high of 73°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
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In eSikhawini, 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 eSikhawini begins around February 8 and lasts for 7.5 months, ending around September 25. On July 29, 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 25 and lasts for 4.4 months, ending around February 8. On November 14, 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
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 eSikhawini varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 6.1 months, from October 4 to April 7, with a greater than 22% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 36% on November 24.
The drier season lasts 5.9 months, from April 7 to October 4. The smallest chance of a wet day is 7% on June 25.
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 36% on November 24.
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. eSikhawini experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in eSikhawini. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 6, with an average total accumulation of 3.3 inches.
The least rain falls around June 24, with an average total accumulation of 0.6 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in eSikhawini varies over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is June 21, with 10 hours, 18 minutes of daylight; the longest day is December 21, with 13 hours, 59 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 4:46 AM on December 2, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 0 minutes later at 6:46 AM on July 2. The earliest sunset is at 5:01 PM on June 9, and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 53 minutes later at 6:55 PM on January 10.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in eSikhawini 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
eSikhawini experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from October 22 to May 6, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 21% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is February 14, with muggy conditions 84% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is July 20, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
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 eSikhawini experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from August 5 to January 2, with average wind speeds of more than 12.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is October 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 14.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.1 months, from January 2 to August 5. The calmest day of the year is May 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in eSikhawini varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 2.4 months, from March 21 to June 3 and for 2.7 months, from June 16 to September 7, with a peak percentage of 42% on August 15. The wind is most often from the south for 1.9 weeks, from June 3 to June 16 and for 6.5 months, from September 7 to March 21, with a peak percentage of 37% on June 5.
eSikhawini 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 3.2 months, from January 5 to April 13, with an average temperature above 77°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is February 16, with an average temperature of 79°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.9 months, from June 24 to October 20, with an average temperature below 72°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is August 13, with an average temperature of 70°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in eSikhawini 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 eSikhawini for general outdoor tourist activities is from early April to early October, with a peak score in the first week of August.
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 eSikhawini for hot-weather activities is from mid December to late April, with a peak score in the first week of March.
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.
Temperatures in eSikhawini 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
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 3.7 months, from November 3 to February 23, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is January 1, with an average of 7.4 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from May 5 to August 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is June 24, with an average of 3.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of eSikhawini are -28.871 deg latitude, 31.900 deg longitude, and 49 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of eSikhawini contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 423 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 132 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,289 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,403 feet).
The area within 2 miles of eSikhawini is covered by artificial surfaces (41%), cropland (40%), and shrubs (10%), within 10 miles by water (37%) and cropland (36%), and within 50 miles by water (52%) and cropland (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in eSikhawini, 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in eSikhawini.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and eSikhawini 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 eSikhawini is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between eSikhawini and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Richard Bay Airport (82%, 24 kilometers, northeast); Prince Mangosuthu Buthelez Airport (11%, 77 kilometers, northwest); and King Shaka International Airport (8%, 112 kilometers, southwest).
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .