Weather in Johannesburg in February

Joanne Owen

written by
Joanne Owen

updated 20.05.2024

The weather in Johannesburg in February sees rainy season conditions — hot summer sun mixed with afternoon showers and thunderstorms. So, pack a raincoat and schedule outdoor adventures in the morning, with Johannesburg’s galleries and museums on hand for when the afternoon rains strike. For more detail, keep reading to find out everything you need to know about visiting South Africa's second biggest city in February.

Is February a good time to visit Johannesburg?

If you’re a fan of warm weather, smaller crowds, lush scenery, and don’t mind the drama (and inconvenience) of afternoon thunderstorms, February can be a great time to visit Johannesburg.

This being summer, the weather in Johannesburg in February is warm-to-hot (it can rise to 30°C (86°F). Given that this is also the rainy season, come prepared for daily thunderstorms, which tend to burst forth in the afternoon.

As a result of the rain, February sees the region given a gloriously green makeover. For example, Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam look especially beautiful at this time of year. 

The same is true of the nearby wildlife and nature reserves — venture a little way beyond the city to hike and bike in remarkably lush scenery.

At the same time, February sits outside Johannesburg’s peak holiday season, which means attractions will be less crowded in comparison with December and January.

Just come prepared for the heat and daily thunderstorms — plan indoor activities or sightseeing for the afternoons, and pack a light raincoat.

Keen to visit Johannesburg? Browse our customisable South Africa itineraries, or talk to our local experts.

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The weather in Johannesburg in February is warm-to-hot, with afternoon storms © Shutterstock

Average temperatures in Johannesburg in February

The weather in Johannesburg in February sees an average daytime temperature range of 25°C (77°F) and 30°C (86°F). 

Note that the intense — and often brief — afternoon thunderstorms that come as a result of February being part of Johannesburg's rainy season tend to cool the air. 

At night, the average temperature range drops to between 14°C (57°F) and 18°C (64°F). 

Editor’s tip: for a bigger picture of the weather, read up on when to go to South Africa. And if you are also planning to visit Cape Town read our guide to the best time to visit Cape Town and prepare for your trip.

What about the crowds and cost?

On balance, Johannesburg sees a moderate level of tourism in February. With local schools back in session and the December-January holiday period over, the number of domestic tourists decreases.

That said, it’s also not the quietest time of the year. Since February is part of the warm summer season, the city attracts tourists from colder northern hemisphere countries.

If you’re looking for the quietest period, consider visiting during South Africa’s winter low season, between May and September.

As for the costs, they’ll be moderate too — expect cheaper flights and accommodation than you would during the high season, but fewer big bargains than you might be able to bag during the low season. As always, book early and do your research to find special deals.  

Set on taking a trip at this time of year? Discover some of the best places to visit in February.

Johannesburg, South Africa, Nelson Mandela Bridge ©  Ehrman Photographic/Shutterstock

Nelson Mandela Bridge, Johannesburg, South Africa © Ehrman Photographic/Shutterstock

Unforgettable customisable Johannesburg itineraries

If you’re thinking of heading to Johannesburg — or elsewhere in South Africa — browse our customisable South Africa itineraries before booking your trip.

Curated with the guidance of a local expert, they eliminate all the hassle of planning and booking. Check out these sample itineraries for inspiration. 

  • City Life and Safari - South African Gems (17 days): this diverse itinerary kicks off in Cape Town, where you'll explore the likes of Table Mountain and Robben Island before venturing to the Winelands. The trip concludes in epic style with a three-day safari in Kruger National Park before taking to you Johannesburg.
  • Cape Town and the Garden Route - a luxury guided tour (7 days):  Cape Town and the Garden Route have it all — from fascinating cultures and exhilarating safaris, to incredible chocolate and wine tasting experiences. Encompassing the coastal city of Cape Town, the Cape Peninsula and Knysna, this trip winds up in Mossel Bay, where you'll get to go on game drives.
  • Explore the North of South Africa: Sun City and Madikwe game reserve (7 days): if you’re short on time, this trip takes in stacks of unforgettable experiences close to Johannesburg. After having fun at the fantastical Lost City theme park, you’ll head to Madikwe, where you'll go on a 4X4 game drive.

To be fully prepared for your trip, be sure to check out our tips for visiting South Africa.

Cape Town, South Africa - aerial view © Mark Van Overmeire/Shutterstock

Book a Rough Guides' trip to see more of South Africa, from Cape Town (pictured) to Jo'Burg © Mark Van Overmeire/Shutterstock

What to do and see in Johannesburg in February

Bearing in mind Johannesburg's warm, wet weather in February, here are some suggestions for things to see and do during the month.

As with January, as a general rule, you might want to plan activities in the great outdoors in the cooler, drier mornings, whether that’s meandering outdoor markets in the city, or venturing further afield to nature reserves.

Come the rain-prone afternoons, you could explore the city’s galleries and museums.

Explore nature 

For a break from the heat of the city and a chance to experience South Africa's natural beauty and wildlife, visit nearby game reserves and wildlife parks in the wider Gauteng region. These include the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve and the Lion and Safari Park.

If you’re into walks on the wilder side, head to Melville Koppies and Klipriviersberg Nature Reserves to hike and bike.

Editor’s tip: take a day trip to the Cradle of Humankind UNESCO World Heritage site.

Uncover history

To better understand South African history, visit the Apartheid Museum, where immersive exhibits provide insights into the country's path to democracy.

The same is true of Constitution Hill. Formerly a prison that played a significant role in South Africa's history, it’s now a museum.

Editor’s tip: we especially recommend booking a guided bike tour of Soweto — an unforgettable way to learn about the history of South Africa's most famous township.

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Soweto © Shutterstock

Beat the heat in water parks

When you feel the need to cool off, visit some of the water parks in and around Johannesburg.

For example, though primarily known as a theme park, Gold Reef City also boasts a bounty of water-based rides, and it’s close to the city centre.

Meanwhile, Wild Waters Boksburg — located just outside Johannesburg — has a huge range of slides, pools and rides for all ages, from thrilling high-speed slides to leisurely family rides.

Explore outdoor markets and craft fairs

Visit markets like the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein or the Rosebank Sunday Market to enjoy local food, music and crafts in an open-air setting.

Uncover culture

If you  love art, don’t miss visiting Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg Art Gallery and the Goodman Gallery.

We also suggest taking a guided tour to explore Johannesburg's vibrant street art, preferably in the cooler morning or late afternoon.

Still making up your mind? Read our first-timers guide to Johannesburg.

Street art in Johannesburg

Visit Johannesburg in different months

To be better informed before booking your trip, find out what to expect from the weather in Johannesburg around the year.

  • March: as summer tails off and autumn begins, March’s mild weather is ideal for exploring the city and its wilder surroundings.
  • April: this early autumn month offers a sweet spot between the extreme heat of summer and the chill of winter.
  • May: marking the transition to the city’s mild winter season, expect clear sunny days, low rainfall, and small crowds.
  • June: this low-season winter month brings mild daytime temperatures, crisp evenings, little rainfall, and the same small crowds you’ll experience in May.
  • July: similar to June, expect cool-to-mild daytime temperatures, chilly mornings and evenings, little rainfall, and low visitor numbers.
  • Augustthis low-season month sees the city shift to spring — expect clear days, cool nights, and rewarding dry-season wildlife-watching experiences.
  • Septemberheralding the true start of spring, this pre-peak-season month sees warmer weather, blooming landscapes, and clear, sunny skies.
  • October: shoulder-season October sees the city in full spring mode, with warmer temperatures and blooming flowers, thanks to the rise in rainfall. 
  • November: this month brings warmer temperatures, increased humidity and rainfall, and greener landscapes as the region shifts from late spring to summer.
  • December: while this hot summer month is peak season across the wider country, many residents of the city head to the coast for their summer holidays.
  • January: being one of the rainiest times of the year, January sees Johannesburg look lush and green. It’s also hot and subject to afternoon thunderstorms.
Joanne Owen

written by
Joanne Owen

updated 20.05.2024

Joanne is a Pembrokeshire-born writer with a passion for the nature, cultures and histories of the Caribbean region, especially Dominica. Also passionate about inspiring a love of adventure in young people, she’s the author of several books for children and young adults, hosts international writing workshops, and has written articles on the Caribbean and inspirational community initiatives for Rough Guides. Follow her @JoanneOwen on Twitter and @joanneowenwrites on Instagram.

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