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Best time to visit Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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The best time to visit Port Elizabeth is June-September

Are you looking to travel to Port Elizabeth and want to find out when’s the best time to visit? You’re in the right place! The perfect time to visit Port Elizabeth is June-September due to the excellent weather conditions, and you might even find that the cost of flights and accommodation are lower than if you travel during the peak holiday seasons.

In the summer months, temperatures tend to get to a maximum of around 27℃ (81℉). The weather at night in the winter can get down to temperatures as low as 12℃ (54℉).

The sun stays up the longest in Port Elizabeth in January, so you’ll get the most out of your daytime activities if you visit around this time. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Port Elizabeth in March – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Keep reading to learn more about the best times to go to Port Elizabeth, including detailed weather information and tools to help you find and book great deals on your travel.

Warmest month

February

Least rainfall

August

Most daylight

January

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Port Elizabeth seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Port Elizabeth as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Port Elizabeth is in the Southern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

Season Months
Summer December to February
Autumn/fall March to May
Winter June to August
Spring September to November

Average temperatures in Port Elizabeth

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Port Elizabeth for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Port Elizabeth climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Port Elizabeth for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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Port Elizabeth in January

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 28mm (1") over 15 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Port Elizabeth in January, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Port Elizabeth in February

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 30mm (1") over 14 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Port Elizabeth in February, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Port Elizabeth in March

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 13 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Port Elizabeth in March, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Port Elizabeth in April

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 24mm (1") over 11 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Port Elizabeth in April, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Port Elizabeth in May

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 68%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 8 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Port Elizabeth in May, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Port Elizabeth in June

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (56℉)
  • Average humidity: 63%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 27mm (1") over 8 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Port Elizabeth in June, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie.


Port Elizabeth in July

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (67℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average humidity: 63%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 27mm (1") over 10 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Port Elizabeth in July, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie.


Port Elizabeth in August

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (56℉)
  • Average humidity: 66%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 20mm (1") over 9 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Port Elizabeth in August, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie.


Port Elizabeth in September

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 22mm (1") over 9 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Port Elizabeth in September, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.

Port Elizabeth in October

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 29mm (1") over 13 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Port Elizabeth in October, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Port Elizabeth in November

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 23mm (1") over 12 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Port Elizabeth in November, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Port Elizabeth in December

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 25mm (1") over 16 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Port Elizabeth in December, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Port Elizabeth is usually February, where temperatures tend to rise to around 25℃ (78℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Port Elizabeth is generally around August. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in August first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Port Elizabeth is generally around March, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of March too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Port Elizabeth, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in January are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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