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Regional Climate

Looked up some numbers on the Yearly averages on temperature and rainfall. It looks like this area of south africa stays pretty mild all year round, it never appears to get truly cold and from December- Febuary it just barely cracks the mildly warm temperature barrier. I dont think we can count on temperature bringing the beasties to the waterhole. However the rainfall drops considerably from April to September and those are probably the months that the wildlife would be most likley to be drawn to the watering hole in large #s.

Month avg.High Avg.Low Avg. precip.

January 82.0° F 67.0° F 5.10 in

February 81.0° F 66.0° F 3.80 in

March 79.0° F 64.0° F 3.40 in

April 75.0° F 58.0° F 1.80 in

May 71.0° F 50.0° F 0.80 in

June 65.0° F 44.0° F 0.30 in

July 66.0° F 44.0° F 0.30 in

August 70.0° F 49.0° F 0.30 in

September 76.0° F 57.0° F 0.80 in

October 78.0° F 60.0° F 2.60 in

November 79.0°F 62.0° F 4.30 in

December 81.0° F 65.0° F 4.40 in

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Hoedspruit is an even better station!

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Skukuza or Nelspruit are better weather stations to work from to get an idea of the climate at Nkhoro.

Summer - October to March/April are typically warm day and night and is also our rainy season.

Winter - can get cold (up to 0C) at night but the day time temperatures are quite moderate (18 - 22C). There is little chance of rain during this period. The temperatures tend to plummet at sunset, but it starts warming up quite quickly after around 8am.

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Thanks for the info
its ok I can convert them I was just being lazy.

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"crzycjunx76" wrote:
Oh.. im trying to find a closer location with similar current weather that has the numbers for long term averages

I found this one on another site:
http://www.weathersa.co.za/Climat/Climstats/SkukuzaStats.jsp
Skukuza is much closer to Nkorho than Pretoria and should also have about the same altitude.

Sorry, the temperatures are in Celsius only.

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This was posted under Suggestion Box when someone asked for the daily temps to be put on the cam.
http://english.wunderground.com/global/stations/68296.html
At least it can give you a better clue to what the temp is like as Skukuza is closer

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Oh.. im trying to find a closer location with similar current weather that has the numbers for long term averages

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"crzycjunx76" wrote:
the closest I could get was Pretoria which I am sure accounts for some differental in temperature and rainfall but I doubt it ammounts to much.
There is a big difference in altitude between Sabi Sands (where Nkorho is) and Pretoria. That should have quite an influence on the temperatures.

(I am not sure about the altitudes but I think Sabi Sands is at about 350 metres / 1150 feet and Pretoria at 1500 metres / 5000 feet.)

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While I am still trying to find some #s in Fahrenheit that might be from a closer city but as far as long term averages the closest I could get was Pretoria which I am sure accounts for some differental in temperature and rainfall but I doubt it ammounts to much. I am sure the temperature can go very high and very low as opposed to the average highs and lows I presented. I took my information from Yahoo Weather so I could search multiple cities quickly to try and find the closest location with historical data. Yahoo Weather takes their information from the Weather Channel's website.
for comparison The place I spent most of my life in Sugarland, Tx had these #'s

Month Avg. High Avg. Low Avg. Precip.

January 62.0° F 42.0° F 4.06 in

February 66.0° F 45.0° F 2.98 in

March 72.0° F 51.0° F 3.24 in

April 79.0° F 58.0° F 3.48 in

May 86.0° F 66.0° F 4.69 in

June 91.0° F 72.0° F 5.51 in

July 94.0° F 74.0° F 3.30 in

August 94.0° F 74.0° F 4.29 in

September 89.0° F 69.0° F 5.82 in

October 82.0° F 60.0° F 4.03 in

November 72.0° F 51.0° F 4.58 in

December 64.0° F 43.0° F 3.36 in

Now I garuntee you the high has been well over 89 degrees in September, I personally rember running in 105 degree heat but these numbers are averages. Of course all these numbers are not adjusted for humidity. However I would imagine the humidity for our little piece of SA would be close to the same as Sugar Land, or perhaps lower probably in the mid 70% range during the summer.

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My own experiences of May in the Kruger Park area are that it can be darned cold at the start of the early morning game drives (below 50) and during the afternoon/evening drives but that the temps can sometimes reach the mid - high 80's as the day progresses.

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Hi there, please where did you get these figures..?

For many years..we have heard from people in the area of the heat reaching over 100 degrees F..and /or in the 40C range in their summers. From many years watching the cams..i assure you that the hot weather does bring animals to the waterholes...all puddles and other sources including larger dams have actually, totally dried up during the droughts and the heat during some years.

not too far from this location in the mountains..we actually had to scrape ice/frost from the car windows in the Month of May. And on game drives during month of May..temps below F50 and then there is also a breeze that affects this..making it seem much colder.

This is why i wonder what year these figures are from and where you found the information, please?
The above are only my experiences in the month of May, i am sure that there are many cammers who have been there in Mpumalanga at other times of the year and will be happy to share their information re: weather and climate.
And thanks for all the trouble that you took to looking up these figures.

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