Porterville Weather - Climate

Porterville summers are dry with peak temparatures regularly above 35 deg C in January and February.  The mercury rises above 45 deg C at least a few times during the year.

Late afternoons in summer are gererally unflyably windy as the area is affected by a northerly and a southerly sea-breeze.

Winters are mild with enough rain to support wheat and conola farming without any additional irrigation.

Winter flying is infrequent due to the regular passage of fronts as well as a very stable inversion that often sits at or below take-off.  Ideal conditions for students.

Best flying months are November to March.  Blue flying is very common.

Below are statistcal climate averages as measured by a Agromet weather station running since 1973 in Porterville.  Data supplied by Agromet.

Did you know?

Porterville Paragliding - Porterville's Jan Danckaert museum.

Porterville’s museum is named after Jan Danckaert who led the first exploratory expedition that travelled across the Olifants River Mountains in 1660.

Built in 1879 it was initially used as a courthouse and prison, only becoming a museum in 1979. The original prison cells are still visible.

The Slave Bell situated outside the museum was formerly used to mark the beginning and end of work periods and punctuate the day during the time when slavery was still practised in the Cape Colonies.


 

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