Bloemfontein - Geography and Climate

Geography and Climate

Bloemfontein
Climate chart (explanation)
J F M A M J J A S O N D
83 31 15 111 29 15 72 27 12 56 23 8 17 20 3 12 17 −2 8 17 −2 15 20 1 24 24 5 43 26 9 58 28 12 60 30 14
Average max. and min. temperatures in °C
Precipitation totals in mm
Source: SAWS
Imperial conversion
J F M A M J J A S O N D
3.3 88 59 4.4 84 59 2.8 81 54 2.2 73 46 0.7 68 37 0.5 63 28 0.3 63 28 0.6 68 34 0.9 75 41 1.7 79 48 2.3 82 54 2.4 86 57
Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches

Bloemfontein is located in central South Africa on the southern edge of the Highveld at an elevation of 1,400 metres (4,600 ft), bordering on the semi-arid region of the Karoo. The area is generally flat with occasional hills (koppies in Afrikaans) and the general vegetation is Highveld grassland. Bloemfontein experiences a semi-arid climate, with hot summer days (Jan: max:32 °C (90 °F) min:19 °C (66 °F); frequent afternoon thunderstorms) and cooler, dry winters, often with frosts (July: max:14 °C (57 °F) min:−3 °C (27 °F)). Snow is uncommon but as recently as August 2006 it snowed in the city, with snowfalls occurring again at the airport on 26 July 2007.

Climate data for Bloemfontein
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 39
(102)
39
(102)
35
(95)
33
(91)
30
(86)
25
(77)
24
(75)
29
(84)
34
(93)
35
(95)
37
(99)
38
(100)
39
(102)
Average high °C (°F) 31
(88)
29
(84)
27
(81)
23
(73)
20
(68)
17
(63)
17
(63)
20
(68)
24
(75)
26
(79)
28
(82)
30
(86)
24
(75)
Average low °C (°F) 15
(59)
15
(59)
12
(54)
8
(46)
3
(37)
−2
(28)
−2
(28)
1
(34)
5
(41)
9
(48)
12
(54)
14
(57)
8
(46)
Record low °C (°F) 6
(43)
4
(39)
1
(34)
−3
(27)
−9
(16)
−9
(16)
−10
(14)
−10
(14)
−7
(19)
−3
(27)
0
(32)
3
(37)
−10
(14)
Precipitation mm (inches) 83
(3.27)
111
(4.37)
72
(2.83)
56
(2.2)
17
(0.67)
12
(0.47)
8
(0.31)
15
(0.59)
24
(0.94)
43
(1.69)
58
(2.28)
60
(2.36)
559
(22.01)
Avg. precipitation days 11 11 11 9 4 3 2 3 4 7 9 10 84
Mean monthly sunshine hours 297.6 251.4 257.3 249.0 266.6 249.0 272.8 285.2 279.0 291.4 297.0 319.3 3,315.6
Source #1: South African Weather Service
Source #2: Hong Kong Observatory (sun only 1961-1990).

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