a VirtualTourist member asked on Feb 6, 2007
Hi, I have recently moved to live in Pretoria RSA. I have never lived in winter and it will be my first time with my wife and 6 months old boy. How should i prepare for the winter. Am apprehensive.
When I used to live in Jo'burg, I found the winters "fresh" as we like to say here in the UK. Lovely sunny days but cold overnight which left you feeling cold during the days. Whilst temperatures do get up to mid-teens (C), it doesn't seem to feel that way. I think its more to do with the fact that South Africa is geared to deal with heat (air conditioning) rather than cold. I lived in Jo'burg for over 5 years.
Winter in Pretoria is very mild compared to europe/usa etc. Minimum temperatures in early morning seldom drop below 5 degrees celcius. Highs average 17 - 20 degrees celcius. The Nothern suburbs experience even higher temperatures and have a sub-tropical climate. Pretoria has one of the best climates in the world as far as I am concerned. Expect some wind in August-September, but otherwise lovely sunny winter days are frequent. Enjoy! (PS, I have lived in Pretoria for about 35 years).
I was living in Jo'burg last winter. Weather much better than wet n windy Cape Town. It was generally dry most of the time with warm days but prety cold when the sun went down. What kind if heating do you have? It can get pretty chilly indoors because most places don't have central heating.