Size Matters!

SA cf c UK

SA compared with UK

It’s all a matter of size.

I thought that in view of recent comments I received about the weather in Cape Town, South Africa, particularly on Spangles, where I was talking about frost, or not, I ought to explain a bit about South Africa.

It is big!

See above how the UK fits neatly inside SA.

No, it’s not as big as the USA.

SA cf c USA

SA compared with USA

But it’s pretty big all the same.

SA cf c Germany

SA compared with Germany

So, just like in the USA, the weather, and just about everything else, is different in different parts of the country.

Cape Town is at sea level and has mild winters, rarely dropping below 9C. Although it is a winter rainfall region, we never get frost or snow. Summer temperatures are high 20’s to 30’s, with a record 40C last April; which was the hottest day here in 100 years.

Johannesburg has an elevation of nearly 6000 ft and is inland. It is much drier than CT, which is quite humid. Jo’burg has hot summers like CT, but does get cold in winter, with frost (minus 8C one year and the fountains froze in town). However, it is a summer rainfall region andΒ the conditions are not right for snow. Maybe once every 15 years or so you might get a smattering of snow.

Elsewhere are other patterns. A few hours North and inland of CT, you get very hot summers: frequently over 40C, but also very cold winters: -4C and snow.Β Durban on the East coast is always warm, right throughout the year.


Looking at a Distance Chart

CT to Jo’burg: 1400 km

CT to Durban: 1600 km

Jo’burg to Durban: 560 km


So when I talk about something in CT, it does not apply to the rest of SA.

After all, they don’t have Table Mountain! Now one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.


post script: If you would like to see how your country fits into SA, or if you live in a large country, how other countries fit into yours, you can find the link here at overlapmaps.




29 thoughts on “Size Matters!

  1. Ady

    I love fun apps… I tried for Germany and India, turns out German is about the size of largest state here πŸ˜€ I always wondered about how hot and cold SA is being so surrounded by sea , thanks for the fun-package of reading πŸ˜€

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I must try SA on India too πŸ™‚ I find it interesting to compare countries: the relative sizes are often surprising. And now you know, when you go to Germany, it is not so scary – just another Indian state! πŸ˜‰

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      1. Bridgette's Digits πŸ”› An Epic Weight Loss Journey

        YES… one of my girlfriend’s while we were in our MBA Program visited and she still talks about it to this day. A must 4 me!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you πŸ™‚ Yes, I think snow is very particular! Even when I lived in the North of England, we did not get snow every winter.


  2. Midwestern Plant Girl

    Very fun lesson teacher! I figured your size was about the size of our state of Texas. . I was about right.
    It is somewhat amazing, coming from an American, how some of these teeny-tiny countries, no larger than our smallest state, can survive as a whole country!
    Our ‘United States’ are supposed to be like little countries on their own. .. at least that is how the original government was set-up. Too bad the federal government got too large for their britches….

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  3. Garfield Hug

    Wow! This is most educational & well summarized. My little red dot is only about 72 (71.813 sq kilometers to be exact) hardly conparable and a mere speck of a dot ha ha! πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I did place Singapore in the SA map, but it was only about as big as Jo’burg! So not very visible. But for such a small country you are well known world-wide. πŸ™‚

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      1. Garfield Hug

        Ha ha…thank you very much for respecting my little red dot. Latest comment by our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at our National Day Rally…we know we are a little red dot when Indonesia refuses to apologise for the haze caused by their farmer’s slash and burn policy to clear farmland 3 months in a year. Instead they say that we ought to thank them for 9 months of oxygen their trees produce!! πŸ˜‰

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