The highest worldwide temperature was recorded in AlAziziya, Libya measuring 57.7 º C on 13 September 1922 and in South Africa at the Sundays River Valley in Eastern Cape measuring 50.0 ºC on 3 November 1918.
The hottest place in South Africa is Letaba (Limpopo Province) with an average annual maximum temperature of 35.0 ºC.
The lowest worldwide temperature was recorded in Vostok, Antarctica at -89.2 ºC on 21 July 1983 and in South Africa at Buffelsfontein near Molteno (Eastern Cape) measuring -18.6 ºC on 28 June 1996.
The coldest place in South Africa is Buffelsfontein near Molteno (Eastern Cape) with an average annual minimum temperature of 2.8 ºC.
The highest worldwide monthly rainfall occurs at Cherrapunji, India (9 300 mm) and in South Africa at Matiwa in the Limpopo Province (1 510 mm measured in January 1958).
The wettest place in South Africa is Matiwa with an average annual rainfall of 2 004 mm (calculated over a 60 year period). The driest Place in South Africa is Alexander Bay in the Northern Cape with an average annual rainfall of only 46 mm.
The windiest place in South Africa is Cape Point (Western Cape) which only experiences calm conditon 2 % of the year. The annual average wind speed is 14.1 m/s.
The strongest wind gust ever in South Africa occurred at Beaufort West (Western Cape) on 16 May 1984 and measured 186 km/h.
Which is the windiest place Cape Town or Port Elizabeth?
In Cape Town a fresh breeze is experienced on 18.7 % of the days in the year (68 days of the year) and in Port Elizabeth on 20.2% of the days in the year (73 days of the year). Port Elizabeth is therefore the windiest city in South Africa.
Source: South African Weather Office