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Pretoria Climate & Weather

Pretoria enjoys a very favourable climate, with dry and sunny weather most of the year. The city has a dry subtropical climate, with long, hot, and rainy summers and short, cool, and dry winters. Pretoria is situated in a valley, which ensures that the weather is generally hotter than one might expect considering the high altitude.

In summer, between November and February, the average temperatures in Pretoria range between 64°F (18°C) and 84°F (29°C), and in winter, between June and August, the average temperatures range between 41°F (5°C) and 66°F (19°C).

Like Johannesburg, between the months of October and April, Pretoria experiences frequent heavy afternoon thunderstorms with downpours of rain that disappear as quickly as they arrive. These storms come as a relief from the heat and are generally not much of a hindrance to travel.

Winter days are only slightly cooler than the pleasant summer average temperatures, but it can become frosty on winter nights. There is virtually no rain during the winter months and snow is extremely rare. The best time to visit Pretoria is in the shoulder months of spring and autumn, but the hot, rainy summer is also pleasant.

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