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calitzdorp weather

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Calitzdorp lies in the semi-arid Little Karoo.  It has a pleasant mild climate with occasional winter snow on the Swartberg mountains and hot summer days tempered by a prevailing SSE afternoon breeze.  Yearly rainfall averages 250 ml.


Annual details of all aspects of Calitzdorp’s weather  includes monthly and annual hours of sunlight, wind speed and direction, temperatures and precipitation etc. for those who require more detail.



Summer does have hot days, with dry heat reaching up to 42°C – but this is tempered by cooling breezes from the sea to the south, almost every afternoon – giving rise to very pleasant moderate to cool evenings. (Wonderful braai and entertaining weather!)






Winter can get very cold, but days are almost always sunny, and basking in a protected sunny corner is most pleasant Night temperatures sometimes dip below zero with occasional frost, and snow usually falls on the Swartberg mountains at least once during the season. Occasional light snow – much less than that on the Swartberg –  falls on the Rooiberg peaks to the west.







Rainfall: Average 250mm per year, often with the changing of seasons. There is precipitation virtually every month of the year, but most months record a barely noticeable 2 or 3 mls.

Like most parts of the country, occasional summer storms – short, sharp and sometimes bringing hail, occur.








Despite the aridity of the region, occasional floods are also experienced






Prevailing winds: Cooling winds from the south in summer,  hot ‘berg’ winds from the north in August and a few days of really strong winds at this time.


Tornado 2014 photo Deon van Rooyen. Oudtshoorn Courant


On  very rare occasions a tornado has swept across the valley.  One  which was accompanied by fierce storm winds and hail completely decimated the valleys crops in January 1930.


However, they really are rare oddities and one tornado dancing up the Gamka valley at 11am on 9th January 2014, was photographed by Deon Van Rooyen.  This twister caused more of a sensation as a unique experience rather than a cause of any major damage.

photo Deon van Rooyen
Oudtshoorn Courant