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 compared with USA
But it’s pretty big all the same.
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 and 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. 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.