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Winter Time in Africa Let's Build a Snowman in Africa

Winter Time in Africa Let's Build a Snowman in Africa
Snowman weather in Africa

Africa has 14 ski resorts since snow falls regularly over parts of Africa. Frosty the snowman would happy in Africa.

Winter Time in Africa

Winter Time in Africa Let's Build a Snowman in Africa


It is winter time in Africa. Skiing, snowboarding, and building a snowman in the South African winter months of June, July and August is a common event.


Frosty the snowman would happy in Africa.
Fashionable African Snowman
It is a common misconception that Africa is hot all the time. In the winter months of June, July, and August, snowfall is common in towns in South Africa. 

There is a long-standing African feud over snow and ice; Sutherland is considered to be the consistently coldest town in South Africa with temperatures going well below freezing throughout the winter. However, Buffelsfontein Farm in Cape Town South Africa holds the official lowest temperature record in the country of 0 °F. 

This feud is a long-standing controversy to South African Sutherland and Buffelsfontein residents. The feud is on the same level as the US feud between Chicago and New York on who makes the best pizza. 

Sutherland is the coldest town in South Africa, with an average yearly temperature of 52°F. Lowest temperature in Sutherland averages 37 °F.  Buffelsfontein is actually a privately owned farm in Cape Town South Africa holding the official lowest temperature record in the country; it is on this farm where the official record for the coldest night ever in South Africa was recorded, a freezing 0°F. 

Buffelsfontein record was recorded on June 18, 1996, and because of this, the weather service officially calls Buffelsfontein the coldest town in Africa. The coldest temperature recorded in Sutherland was 2°F on July 12, 2003.

In the winter months of June, July and August, snowfall is common in in various towns in South Africa.
Walking to school in the South African snow

Averaging the lowest monthly temperatures from the years 2000-2012, the annual average low temperature in Buffelsfontein was 49°F while Sutherland's was 44°F. 

Sutherland is consistently colder; however, Buffelsfontein holds the record for the coldest day. The debate will continue for the claim to fame of the coldest town in Africa however one fact is clear, it does snow in Africa. 

Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the UK in 1966. This tiny Kingdom of Lesotho has a ski resort high on the cold African snow capped mountains. The ski resort, AfriSki has a ski run down a side of a mountain for snow skiing, snowboarding, and other cold-weather mountain sports. 

The AfriSki Resort opened in 2002 and is the highest ski resort in Africa. AfriSki is located in the Eastern Free State of Southern Africa. Lesotho is known as the Kingdom in the Sky due to its highlands where many of the villages can be reached only on horseback, by foot or light aircraft. Frosty the snowman travels to Lesotho Africa each year to enjoy the South African winter snow. 

The tiny kingdom of Lesotho has a ski resort high in the cold snowcapped mountains.
Ready to build a snowman
Where else can you ski and make a snowman in Africa? Algeria, Egypt and Namibia have one ski resort, South Africa has three and Morocco has seven ski resorts in the Atlas Mountains; Oukaïmeden, Michlifen, Jbel Hebri, Azrou, Rif Gebirge, Djebel Bou Iblane, and Hoher Atlas. 

Regular snowfall has created ice-capped peaks on Kenya's Mount Kenya, Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro; Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains and Ethiopia's Semien Mountains. It's not enough to ski but frosty the snowman would still be happy.

Why is it hot in summer and cold in winter? It is all about the tilt of the Earth's axis. Many people believe that the temperature changes because the Earth is closer to the sun in summer and farther from the sun in winter. During the summer, the sun's rays hit the Earth at a steep angle.


The light does not spread out as much, thus increasing the amount of energy hitting any given spot. In addition, the long daylight hours allow the Earth plenty of time to reach warm temperatures. 

During the winter, the sun's rays hit the Earth at a shallow angle. These rays are more spread out, which minimizes the amount of energy that hits any given spot. Also, the long nights and short days prevent the Earth from warming up.


Do you know?

The Dean Martin Let it Snow! Song translated the the South African language of Xhosa

Oo, imozulu ngaphandle iloyiko
Kodwa umlilo uyavuya kakhulu
Kwaye ekubeni asinayo indawo yokuya kuyo
Yeka iqhwa, likhe likhephu, livumele iqhwa
Umntu awubonakali iimpawu zokuyeka
Kwaye ndazisa ingqolowa yepoppin '
Izibane zijike ezantsi
Yeka iqhwa, likhe likhephu, livumele iqhwa
Xa ekugqibeleni sibanga ubusuku obuhle
Ndingayithanda njani ukuphuma kwisiqhwithi
Kodwa ukuba undibambelele
Yonke indlela eya ekhaya ndiya kufudumala
Kwaye umlilo uya kufa
Kwaye, ndithandekayo, sisesehla kakuhle
Kodwa ngokude nje undithandayo
Yeka iqhwa, likhephe iqhwa, nekhephu
Xa ekugqibeleni sibanga ubusuku obuhle
Ndingayithanda njani ukuphuma kwisiqhwithi
Kodwa ukuba undibamba kakuhle
Yonke indlela eya ekhaya ndiya kufudumala
Oo umlilo uya kufa ngokukhawuleza
Kwaye, ndithandekayo, sisesehla kakuhle
Kodwa ngokude nje undithandayo
Yeka iqhwa, likhe likhephu, livumele iqhwa

English

Oh, the weather outside is frightful
But the fire is so delightful
And since we've no place to go
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
Man it doesn't show signs of stoppin'
And I brought some corn for poppin'
The lights are turned way down low
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
When we finally kiss good-night
How I'll hate going out in the storm
But if you really hold me tight
All the way home I'll be warm
And the fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we're still good-bye-ing
But as long as you love me so
Let it snow, let it snow, and snow
When we finally kiss good-night
How I'll hate going out in the storm
But if you really grab me tight
All the way home I'll be warm
Oh the fire is slowly dying
And, my dear, we're still good-bye-ing
But as long as you love me so
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow

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