The Free State is characterised by a hot, arid climate. The majority of the province lies 1 300 m above sea level. The semi-desert climate leads to large fluctuation in day and night temperatures so come prepared.
Summer offers long, hot days punctuated with rain and thunderstorms. Temperatures average between 15 - 32°C with January being the hottest month. Temperatures are slightly cooler in the north and warmer in the south of the province.
Winters are relatively short with mild days reaching an average of about 18°C. Nights are cold with temperatures as low a 1°C with below freezing temperatures not unheard of. June is the coldest month with snow often capping the mountains and higher altitude in the province.