Climate

The climate in Ceres is characterised by a major temperature variance between the summer maximums and the winter minimums. January and February are regarded as the hottest months of the year with an average maximum of 29,9°C measured during February whilst the average minimum of 2,4°C is measured during July.  Ceres falls within a Mediterranean climatic zone. An average annual rainfall of 1088mm which occurs mainly during the winter months reaching a peak during July of approximately 200mm, snowfalls on the high mountain peaks is a common occurrence during winter and remain for up to 2 weeks at times.

The Matroosberg Mountain range records the highest snowfall and is covered with snow for lengthy periods during winter.  A ski club has erected a hut on the Matroosberg Mountain and practice skiing during winter.  The climate in Ceres and environs supplemented with the scenic beauty of nature offers outstanding living conditions as well as outdoor recreation for tourists.

 

 

RAINFALL YEAR END TOTALS
Year
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
Year Total
1960 8.00 29.00 67.50 74.50 194.00 262.00 29.00 58.00 40.20 27.00 1.20 31.50 820.00
1961 66.50 17.50 0.00 35.00 83.50 173.50 99.50 191.40 139.00 13.80 0.00 11.50 850.00
1962 15.30 42.00 62.00 94.80 50.50 418.50 170.50 270.50 67.80 0.00 51.80 5.50 1430.00
1963 0.00 0.50 8.00 13.90 23.00 118.70 203.60 323.20 55.40 20.00 59.00 48.50 880.00
1964 6.00 69.80 17.00 41.30 72.50 268.90 142.00 218.40 82.10 39.60 87.50 4.00 1050.00
1965 29.30 56.50 108.00 97.10 149.80 83.00 41.50 96.10 63.70 25.00 13.00 0.00 820.00
1966 1.50 8.50 81.60 57.20 41.50 204.00 278.70 67.20 0.00 0.00 11.30 25.00 855.00
1967 29.50 2.50 0.00 116.50 100.50 369.50 142.00 98.00 79.00 100.50 46.50 14.50 1085.00
1968 33.50 16.00 6.00 111.00 383.50 167.10 177.00 17.50 21.00 284.50 16.50 39.50 1370.00
1969 29.10 16.00 4.00 103.80 46.00 96.00 69.00 14.50 153.00 169.30 9.00 11.00 795.00
1970 0.00 8.00 4.50 1.60 200.00 0.00 193.70 258.90 86.70 31.50 18.80 27.70 1145.00
1971 18.00 2.00 46.00 4.50 64.80 158.80 176.30 151.30 14.00 14.50 13.80 2.40 660.00
1972 42.70 12.30 7.30 76.00 161.50 126.50 142.00 96.70 65.60 49.30 0.00 83.30 865.00
1973 0.00 0.00 58.80 0.00 59.00 31.00 323.80 154.00 171.70 74.00 16.90 26.70 915.00
1974 11.00 18.00 11.00 15.00 124.00 178.50 193.00 514.60 95.00 115.60 75.50 20.00 1370.00
1975 38.00 12.50 26.00 98.00 305.00 59.60 195.00 197.00 18.50 152.50 30.00 10.00 1145.00
1976 7.00 11.00 16.00 64.00 37.00 445.50 170.50 72.00 43.50 22.00 317.00 186.50 1390.00
1977 44.00 17.50 37.50 83.30 448.30 329.50 349.00 262.50 80.10 44.00 15.90 39.00 1705.00
1978 17.70 13.60 31.90 72.10 84.70 30.70 4.20 271.10 178.50 19.40 4.50 49.00 700.00
1979 49.10 52.20 9.00 26.00 124.10 158.10 90.80 91.50 139.50 125.30 2.50 0.00 870.00
1980 22.30 35.10 9.10 71.80 166.50 156.80 21.30 156.70 25.10 80.30 227.80 59.60 1060.00
1981 70.80 0.00 24.60 31.70 23.50 97.10 248.70 184.70 180.60 25.00 35.40 4.60 925.00
1982 54.80 4.40 27.90 113.20 70.20 123.50 91.80 52.30 11.50 106.10 30.10 62.50 750.00
1983 2.9 100.30 67.40 29.80 282.10 292.20 279.60 88.50 82.50 14.60 12.90 25.00 1310.00
1984 0.20 7.00 108.00 88.60 473.00 55.30 189.60 64.70 281.40 103.50 8.40 104.10 1135.00
1985 77.20 30.20 206.50 100.70 71.60 213.40 249.00 200.20 32.00 3.30 3.30 23.90 1320.00
1986 21.50 13.30 105.70 64.60 118.60 182.70 162.50 323.10 85.50 14.20 30.60 0.00 1130.00
1987 50.80 9.50 2.60 53.80 264.20 230.60 139.20 146.10 93.10 7.60 0.00 60.00 1042.00
1988 1.50 12.70 39.60 136.90 78.90 201.40 86.20 144.90 152.30 28.10 19.30 18.30 925.00
1989 1.60 64.10 174.50 47.80 110.20 154.20 160.90 238.20 281.70 60.20 81.20 10.70 1385.00
1990 24.10 42.00 12.60 163.70 179.00 189.20 289.70 96.40 10.90 8.20 49.70 34.20 1099.00
1991 10.6 17.90 26.40 40.70 135.20 246.10 371.00 87.60 223.80 50.90 23.70 0.00 1233.90
1992 0.00 55.70 61.40 148.90 131.80 293.20 165.60 166.10 73.50 151.40 46.70 3.90 1298.20
1993 8.70 40.40 4.00 168.90 219.50 179.56 427.70 49.50 36.90 2.30 21.00 28.50 1186.96
1994 11.30 1.80 2.50 76.50 93.10 484.40 145.90 43.80 206.10 42.10 1.20 6.70 1115.40
1995 11.80 5.50 18.30 13.70 140.50 106.60 280.40 155.30 52.90 208.40 7.60 93.80 1094.80
1996 3.30 23.50 27.60 57.40 107.50 307.50 253.50 222.80 213.80 78.30 102.30 95.50 1493.00
1997 41.60 2.20 17.70 89.70 79.00 359.00 53.80 96.80 5.00 7.90 121.30 66.80 940.80
1998 60.60 0.20 8.50 41.20 329.80 152.20 127.10 80.70 49.10 43.60 151.20 46.30 1090.50
1999 0.00 4.10 0.00 75.00 129.80 139.90 154.40 214.30 204.50 0.00 54.80 13.20 990.00
2000 30.70 0.00 8.70 8.00 100.03 103.70 262.80 118.80 210.60 4.70 11.30 0.50 859.83
2001 11.50 37.70 0.10 67.30 214.70 98.50 349.70 213.00 190.50 47.80 25.00 16.10 1271.90
2002 42.10 10.60 11.70 43.30 187.30 172.80 316.90 123.50 65.80 86.70 46.00 7.50 1114.20
2003 24.20 12.80 37.80 11.90 18.70 9.90 47.70 251.39 101.10 113.70 0.00 38.60 667.79
2004 0.00 0.00 10.70 66.40 13.40 141.60 137.90 129.70 41.10 39.50 12.00 0.60 592.90
2005 14.00 0.00 3.30 137.00 90.20 167.50 158.70 286.70 75.80 45.80 23.40 0.00 1002.40
2006 1.10 0.90 10.50 85.20 289.70 106.80 108.70 144.60 47.60 56.90 112.50 25.50 990.00
2007 12.80 15.00 28.80 93.80 91.50 330.00 331.60 60.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 963.50
2008 14.50 24.40 6.40 14.70 68.70 184.00 358.00 187.50 307.10 0.00 0.00 0.00 1165.30