Benoni enjoys high rainfall

Graph One:

December rainfall and temperatures

Graph Two:

Monthly rainfall for 2016 (red) compared with 2015 (blue).

December 2016 rainfall:

As in November, the rainfall for December (Graph One) again exceeded the long-term average, this time by 21 per cent.

2016 weather summary –


The annual total of 884.6mm was 21 per cent higher than the long-term annual average of 728mm.

This made the Benoni rainfall for the year exceptional, compared to the large areas of South Africa that experienced severe drought conditions.

Graph Two shows the 2016 rainfall compared to the previous year, which was 27 per cent lower than the norm.

It can be seen from the graph that nine months of 2016 showed higher rainfall than in 2015.

As anticipated by the South African Weather Services, the El Niño event that coincided with the largely dry period in South Africa up to September, changed to neutral in October and reversed in November and December, giving Benoni good rains.

These good rains have continued into January 2017.


This year showed an annual average temperature of 16.1°C compared to 16.4°C last year.

This slight drop is probably due to the higher rainfall with its associated cloud cover.


The annual average of 3.7km/h was the same as that of 2015.

The prevailing direction was again from the north as expected.

The highest wind speed for the year reached fresh gale force (56.3km/h) on December 21.


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