Weather & Climate – Karoo NP

Philip Briggs
Expert
By Philip Briggs

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many guidebooks to African destinations, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip lives in South Africa and has authored many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of many Africa guidebooks, including the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Philip is the author of the Bradt and Insight guides to South Africa.

Climate Chart Karoo National Park

Climate Chart Karoo National Park – 783-1,821m / 2,569-5,974ft

* Averages based on 50 years of monthly climate data, taken from 1km² (0.39mi²) interpolated climate surfaces.
© chart & park data: SafariBookings. © climate grid data: WorldClim project. All rights reserved.

Located in an arid to semi-arid desert climate, Karoo is prone to wide variations in temperature and little to no rainfall. The park receives an average rainfall of 190mm/7.5in per year and is subject to periods of drought.

Although the annual average minimum and maximum temperatures are 9°C/48°F and 24°C/75°F respectively, the climate is one of extremes, and temperatures range from –15°C/-27°F on the plateau in winter to over 40°C/104°F on the plains in summer.

Winter May to September

Winter is a time of relative drought. The nights tend to be very cold, and frost is common. It is essential to bring warm clothes. Days aren’t very warm, but pleasant in the sun.

  • May – Average temperatures of 6°C/43°F in the morning and 20°C/68°F in the afternoon are a sign that summer is over.
  • June, July & August – fternoons are mild and sunny, with an average temperature of 17°C/63°F. Nights and early mornings, however, are very brisk and frosty and average just 3°C/37°F. It is essential to bring warm clothing for morning activities.
  • September – Warmer temperatures of 22°C/72°F in the afternoons are typical. Mornings hover at around 6°C/43°F.

Summer October to April

Summer is characterized by intense heat, and although it is the Wet season, humidity is still low. Rain usually comes in the form of dramatic storms. Average daytime temperatures are around 28°C/82°F, but can easily peak to 40°C/104°F and higher.

  • October & November – It gets warmer, and rain might occur, but long periods of drought are still common. When it rains, it’s usually in the form of a storm. Temperatures are between 10°C/50°F in the morning and 26°C/79°F in the afternoon.
  • December, January & February – With average temperatures of 30°C/86°F (and possible peak temperature climbing much higher), these are the hottest months. Early mornings are cool with temperatures around 14°C/57°F. Occasional showers bring a welcome break from the heat.
  • March & April – Daytime temperatures are easier to handle, with an average of 26°C/79°F. Nights are pleasant at about 11°C/52°F. March is the wettest month, but the little rain that does fall rapidly decreases in April.

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