Winter World Cup in South Africa
Summer is approaching us fast in the Northern hemisphere with the first official day on Monday. However, in the Southern hemisphere winter began in South Africa on June 1st and if you’ve been watching the World Cup you know it’s got to be cold when fans are bundled up in long sleeves and sweatshirts. The coldest weather is typically experienced in both June and July in the Southern hemisphere, so at the World Cup this year fans will need their winter coats, especially for those night games.
Current temperatures (ºF) in South Africa. Image: ImpactWeather
Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. Image: Wikipedia
Today there are three games taking place across South Africa. I also should note the time difference between the U.S. and South Africa as they are 7 hours ahead of us here in Houston (central time). The first game is Germany/Serbia at 13:30 (3:30pm local time in South Africa) in Port Elizabeth. Since it’s an afternoon game, temperatures should be in the mid to upper 60’s F for highs with mostly sunny skies. Skies will be mostly clear tonight with lows in the upper 40’s. The winter tends to be pretty mild in Port Elizabeth although it rains throughout the year. However, Port Elizabeth’s rainy season is usually during the summer months.
Ellis Park Stadium. Image: Wikipedia
The second game today is Slovenia/USA at 16:00 (6:00pm local time) in Johannesburg. Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 40’s to near 50 degrees at game time with clear skies and north winds 5-10 mph. Sunset today is expected to be at 5:25 pm, so temperatures will be dropping throughout the game with overnight lows in the mid 30’s. Johannesburg is known for having a pretty nice climate through the year, but the nights can get cold during the winter months with temperatures dropping below freezing. Their rainy season runs from October to March but typically they get 8-10 hours of sunshine per day.
Cape Town Stadium. Image: Wikipedia
The third and final game being played today will be England/Algeria at 20:30 (10:30 pm local time) in Cape Town. Clouds will be increasing throughout the evening and overnight hours with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 50’s at game time. Winds will be out of the north 10-15 mph with overnight lows expected to drop into the low 50’s. Cape Town is located at 34ºS latitude and it’s typically cooler here due to the cold Benguela current from Antarctica into the Atlantic just west of the city. Winters here are cool and wet, but temperatures hardly ever fall below 50F (10C).
The current World Cup in South Africa is from June 11 through July 11, 2010. The 2014 World Cup will be held in Brazil.