Sunset South Africa

Sunrise and sunset in South Africa

Sunrise today: 6:52 h
Sunset today: 17:27 h
(Times for Pretoria)

The times of sunrise and sunset in South Africa are caused by the southern position in the hemisphere. Not that far in the south, but quite noticable the longest days are in winter months, while the shortest days fall into our summer. In the northern hemisphere it is vice versa. Pretoria is positioned near the 26 southern latitude. For comparison: New York's latitude is 40th in the north, having a much longer distance to the equator.

With up to 13:50 hours the longest days are in December. In June a night in Pretoria lasts almost 14 hours.

In these days the sun in Pretoria rises at 6:52. The early sunset at 17:27 makes the day currently a bit too short.

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Average length of day in Pretoria

Average length of day in Pretoria
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Sunrise and sunset in the most important cities of South Africa

Sunset South AfricaThe cities are ordered by their geographic position from east to west, so in an approximate direction of the sun course. Since the orbit of the sun is elliptical, sunrise or sunset never happen on a whole longitude at the same time. All data given for June 26th., localtime in South Africa

CitySunriseSunsetHours of daylight
Richards Bay06:44 am05:05 pm10:21 h
Durban06:50 am05:07 pm10:17 h
Pietermaritzburg06:52 am05:10 pm10:18 h
Newcastle06:50 am05:16 pm10:26 h
Witbank06:48 am05:23 pm10:34 h
Brakpan06:53 am05:25 pm10:33 h
Benoni06:53 am05:25 pm10:33 h
Boksburg06:53 am05:26 pm10:33 h
Tembisa06:53 am05:26 pm10:34 h
Pretoria06:52 am05:27 pm10:35 h
Johannesburg06:54 am05:27 pm10:33 h
Vereeniging06:55 am05:26 pm10:31 h
East London07:10 am05:11 pm10:02 h
Vanderbijlpark06:56 am05:26 pm10:31 h
Krugersdorp06:55 am05:28 pm10:33 h
Welkom07:03 am05:28 pm10:25 h
Botshabelo07:06 am05:25 pm10:19 h
Bloemfontein07:08 am05:27 pm10:20 h
Port Elizabeth07:22 am05:19 pm9:57 h
Cape Town07:50 am05:47 pm9:57 h

Sunrise and sunset by month (Pretoria)

MonthSunriseSunsetHours of daylight
January05:28 am07:04 pm13:36 h
February05:51 am06:51 pm12:60 h
March06:07 am06:25 pm12:18 h
April06:21 am05:53 pm11:32 h
May06:36 am05:30 pm10:54 h
June06:50 am05:25 pm10:35 h
July06:51 am05:34 pm10:43 h
August06:34 am05:49 pm11:15 h
September06:03 am06:01 pm11:58 h
October05:31 am06:14 pm12:43 h
November05:09 am06:34 pm13:25 h
December05:08 am06:55 pm13:47 h

Where does the sun rise in South Africa?

The sun always rises in the east, everywhere and regardless of the country or continent. The easternmost city in South Africa is Richards Bay in the region of KwaZulu-Natal. There, the sun rises at 6:44 am and sets at 5:05 pm these days. The latest sunset is currently experienced in the west in the city of Springbok (Northern Cape) at 6:00 pm.

Duration of the sunset

The distance from the equator and the path of the sun determines not only the time of sunrise and sunset. The farther a country is from the equator, the more oblique the sun's path is to the horizon. And this causes a different duration that a sunset takes. Pretoria lies on the 26th degree of southern latitude and is therefore quite far away from the equator. While a sunset near the equator only lasts about 20 minutes, in South Africa this period averages 26 minutes. In June, it's about 25 minutes in Pretoria, while in December it's 26 minutes.

International cities for comparison

CitySunriseSunsetHours of daylight
Berlin (Germany)04:42 am09:35 pm16:53 h
New York (USA)05:24 am08:32 pm15:08 h
Sydney (Australia)06:59 am04:56 pm9:57 h
Manila (Philippines)05:28 am06:29 pm13:02 h
Moscow (Russia)03:43 am09:21 pm17:37 h
Shanghai (China)04:50 am07:03 pm14:13 h
Helsinki (Finland)03:52 am10:53 pm19:01 h

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