Best time to visit Durban

The best time to visit Durban is from mid-April to late-September, when it's warm and sunny but not too humid.

For hot-weather activities, visit Durban from mid-December to early-May, with the possiblility of rain showers. Durban is regarded as a year-round destination.

Durban weather

Durban experiences a subtropical climate with very mild, fairly dry winters and hot, wet summers.

Which is the hottest month in Durban?
The hottest month in Durban is usually February, with an average high temperature of 29°C (84°F), with moderate heat and humidity, and a low of 21°C (69°F).

On the warmest days of the month, the temperature may climb to around 33°C (91°F).

The warm summer season lasts from late-December to late-March, with an average daily high temperature above 28°C (82°F).

Which is the coldest month in Durban?
The coldest month of the year at Durban is July, with an average high of 24°C (75°F) and a low of 10°C (50°F).

The cooler season lasts from early-June to late-September, with an average daily high temperature below 24°C (75°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Durban?
The sunniest time of year in Durban is usually June with an average of 7.5 hours of sunshine per day; that's on average 73% of daylight hours.

What is the humidity in Durban?
Durban experiences notable seasonal variation in perceived humidity, with approximate average relative humidity calculated at between 65% – 77% over the course of the year.

The more humid time of year lasts from mid-September through April, during which time the comfort level is muggy or oppressively humid at least 25% of the time.

The month with the most muggy days in Durban is January, when almost every day is muggy or worse.

We derive the humidity comfort level from the dew point temperature, which measures moisture content in the air. A higher dew point feels muggy and uncomfortable.

June through August experience lower humidity levels. The months with the fewest muggy days in Durban are June and July, with less than one day in each month that is muggy.

When is the sea warmest in Durban?
The sea is usually at its warmest in Durban in February when water temperatures average 26°C (78°F), which is pleasant for swimming.

The time of year with warmer water lasts from January to early-April, with an average temperature above 25°C (77°F).

The time of year with cooler water lasts from July through October, with an average temperature below 22°C (71°F), which is cool for swimming comfortably.

Which month has the most rain in Durban?
February is usually the wettest month in Durban with 130mm (5in) of rainfall on average, distributed across nine days. The month with the most days of rain alone in Durban is December, with an average of 12 days.

The rainy season lasts from October through March, with a greater than 27% chance of a given day being a wet day.

Rain falls throughout the year in Durban. The drier season lasts from April through September. The month with the least rainfall in Durban is July, with 25mm (1in) of rainfall on average.

Which is the windiest month in Durban?
The windiest month of the year in Durban is October, with an average hourly wind speed of 20 kilometres per hour (12 mph; 11 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from early-August through January, with average wind speeds of more than 18 kilometres per hour (11 mph; 10 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from February through to early-August. The calmest month of the year in Durban is May, with an average hourly wind speed of 16 kilometres per hour (10 mph; 8.6 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction varies throughout the year in Durban.

Durban Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average daily max (°C)
29 29 28 27 26 25 24 24 25 25 26 28
Average daily min (°C)
21 21 20 17 14 11 10 13 15 16 18 20
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 6 5 5 6
Average daily daylight (hrs)
14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 13 14
Comfort level
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Average relative humidity (%)
77 77 76 74 71 65 65 69 74 76 77 77
UV Index (max)
11+ 11+ 10 7 5 4 4 5 7 10 11+ 11+
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
11 9 9 7 4 3 3 4 6 10 11 12
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
120 130 115 90 60 35 25 40 65 85 120 125
Average wind speed (km/h)
18 18 17 17 16 16 17 19 20 20 20 19
Average sea temperature (°C)
26 26 25 24 23 22 22 22 22 22 23 25
Durban, RSA

Note: Meteorological data for Durban is based on weather statistics gathered for the period 1998 to 2020 from the South African Weather Service. Additional climate data is sourced from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

Latest update: Best time to visit Durban: 2 March, 2024

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