Durban Weather and What to Wear when You Visit

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With South Africa’s location in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons here are the opposite of countries in the Northern Hemisphere. If you plan to visit Durban, South Africa, knowing about the Durban weather and what to wear during your trip is essential. We consider the weather in Durban and what to wear by looking at the average temperatures per month and during the different seasons of the year.

Durban weather and what to wear

If you’re visiting Johannesburg, find out what the weather in Johannesburg is like and what you should wear when visiting this city. Alternatively, you can learn more about Cape Town’s weather and what to wear. You can also learn about the best months of the year to visit South Africa.

Durban Weather: Averages by Month

Durban’s weather is relatively stable throughout the year and much more unpredictable than Johannesburg’s or Cape Town’s weather. The following table shows Durban’s minimum and maximum monthly temperatures throughout the year. It also shows the number of rainy days you can expect during the month.

MonthMinimumMaximumRainy Days
January20℃ (68°F)26℃ (78,8°F)6
February20℃ (68°F)26℃ (78,8°F)7
March20℃ (68°F)26℃ (78,8°F)6
April18℃ (64,4°F)25℃ (77°F)5
May16℃ (60,8°F)23℃ (73,4°F)3
June14℃ (57,2°F)22℃ (71,6°F)2
July13℃ (55,4°F)21℃ (69,8°F)2
August14℃ (57,2°F)22℃ (71,6°F)3
September16℃ (60,8°F)23℃ (73,4°F)5
October17℃ (62,6°F)23℃ (73,4°F)5
November 17℃ (62,6°F)24℃ (75,2°F)8
December19℃ (66,2°F)25℃ (77°F)8
Monthly average temperatures and rainy days for Durban

What to Wear in Durban: By Season and Month

It is always a good idea to make sure you don’t pack the wrong wardrobe when you plan a trip to avoid massive discomfort. When planning your visit to Durban, ensuring you have comfortable and cute outfits is critical. Durban is a popular tourist hotspot because it has year-round summery conditions! 

Durban is a casual city. You can wear a summer dress, shorts and a shirt during the day and dress up for the night wearing jeans, a nice shirt and shoes

If you plan on visiting fancier restaurants, pack at least one formal outfit to meet the dress code requirements of higher-end restaurants and establishments. 

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Durban Weather: Seasonal and Monthly Averages

Let’s look at Durban’s weather on a seasonal and monthly basis to help you plan what to wear and what activities to consider for your visit to this beautiful city. 

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Durban Weather and What to Wear In Summer: December, January, February and March

Durban’s summers are hot and humid, and the city gets most of its rain during the summer, making it beautiful and green. The average high is 25℃- 26℃ ((77°F – (78,8°F). Many South Africans have Durban as their destination of choice over December and January each year during the South African holidays.

The best clothing to pack for a great summertime in Durban includes lightweight clothing. We recommend packing the following for a comfortable summer visit during the summer months:

Although Durban is primarily hot and humid, we recommend wearing a light jacket and pants for possible cooler evenings. 

Durban weather and what to wear
Durban weather and what to wear

Durban Weather and What to Wear In the Autumn Months: April and May

Autumn is an excellent time of the year to visit Durban and still have a sunny vacation at reasonable prices. The average temperature during these months varies between 23℃ (73,4°F) and a maximum temperature of 25℃ (77°F).

As with the other seasons, you can only pack lightweight clothing to have a great time here. Humidity decreases during the Autumn months, making it the ideal time to visit the city. 

May is the best month to visit Durban as the South African school holidays are over, Durban is quieter, and prices are lower than during the year’s peak seasons, such as December and April. 

Durban Weather and What to Wear in Winter: June, July and August 

The Winter months in Durban are comfortable for a visit. Winter occurs from June to August. The average temperature hovers around 21℃ (69,8°F) most of the time. The nights and early mornings may be slightly cooler.

To know what to wear during a Durban Winter, you can take lightweight clothing for the day and pack a light jacket and pants for the cooler days or at night. 

Durban Weather and What to Wear in the Spring Months: September, October and November

Spring is one of the best times to visit Durban, as the humidity and heat are more bearable than in the summer months. The temperatures in Durban rise slightly to around 24℃ (75,2°F). 

As with the other seasons, you can wear lightweight summer clothes during Spring in Durban. Remember sunscreen, sunglasses and a sun hat during Spring!

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How to Get an Accurate Durban Weather Forecast?

To get the most accurate Durban weather forecast, use the postal codes of the exact location you plan to stay in, which will most likely be 4000 (Durban Beach, North Beach or Marine Parade), 4126 (Amanzimtoti), 4180 (Scottsburg) or 4407 (King Shaka International Airport). 

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What Are the Coldest Months in Durban?

The coldest month in Durban is July, when the maximum daytime temperatures are 21℃.

Durban weather and what to wear

What Is the Driest Month in Durban?

The driest month in Durban is June, with a precipitation of only 28 litres per 21m2. The wettest month is January. The months with the least rainy days are from May to August when Durban only gets rain on an average of 2 to 4 days per month.

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Editor of the South Africa Travel Blog that focuses on travel to South Africa, including destinations, attractions, accommodation, food & drink.

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