in South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
is characterized by the continuation of the severe Antarctic winter, although signs of a forthcoming transition towards spring start to appear. Average temperatures remain frigid, typically fluctuating between -5°C (23°F) and 2°C (35.6°F), mirroring the cold conditions of July
Grytviken experiences similar trends as the broader region, with the ocean's moderating influence less able to offset the winter chill. Thus, even in this coastal settlement, temperatures continue to hover around freezing points.
Wind speeds remain high in August, averaging 30km/h (18.6mph). Storm events, while still frequent, begin to show signs of easing towards the end of the month, signaling the slow onset of the milder spring season. Nevertheless, these events can still bring significantly higher gusts, reinforcing the challenging weather conditions prevalent during this period.
Snowfall continues to be the predominant form of precipitation in August, particularly in higher altitude areas. However, towards the end of the month, some coastal regions may start to see a transition towards rain, especially during warmer periods.
Wildlife activity remains at a minimum during August, with most species still absent due to the harsh conditions. The islands wait in anticipation of the return of migratory birds and marine life as the onset of spring approaches.
August is a mirror of July in terms of its cold, windy, and snowy conditions. However, subtle signs of the transition towards the less severe spring season start to manifest towards the end of the month. As the islands move into September
, temperatures begin to climb slowly, wind speeds reduce, and the heavy snowfall starts to give way to a mix of snow and rain.
- South Georgia Island - August »
On the last day of August, in South Georgia Island, sunrise is at 07:09 and sunset at 17:43 -02. On the first day of August in South Georgia Island, sunrise is at 08:13 and sunset at 16:51.
- Grytviken - August »
August through October, with an average sea temperature of 0°C (32°F), are months with the coldest seawater in Grytviken, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. July and August, with an average relative humidity of 87%, are the least humid months in Grytviken, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
- Stromness - August »
The month with the most snowfall in Stromness is August, when snow falls for 19 days and typically aggregates up to 421mm (16.57") of snow. In Stromness, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, the month of August is known for its lowest average temperatures, reaching a high of -1.6°C (29.1°F) and a low of -4.9°C (23.2°F).