Climate Capetown


Cape Town enjoys a long summer from November to March. This is the driest season, often with 11 hours sunshine each day and long sunny evenings. Cape Town summers are infamous for their south-easterly winds. If the wind does blow and you’re after a suntan, mornings are usually much less windy and certain beaches (e.g. Boulders, Clifton) are more protected than others.
 
Sun & Temperature
Month
Average Sunlight (hours)
Temperature
Average
Min
Max
Jan
11
16
26
Feb
10
16
26
March
9
14
25
April
8
12
22
May
6
9
19
June
6
8
18
July
6
7
17
Aug
7
8
18
Sept
8
9
18
Oct
9
11
21
Nov
10
13
23
Dec
11
14
24
 
Spring (September and October) and autumn (April and May) are when many tourists visit Cape Town. These “in-between seasons” are less windy. The spring is best for whale watching and the flowers, whereas autumn is great for seeing the vineyards at their best.
Cape Town winters (June to August) have a reputation for rain and wind, but often produce perfect days or even weeks. When it’s not raining the winter is a perfect green season with daytime temperatures often reaching 20°C or higher.
Lekker Links
Cape Town calendar of events
Weather forecast for Cape Town Western Cape
Cape Town
South Africa’s Climate
Durban’s Climate
Kimberley’s Climate
Tshwane’s (Pretoria) Climate
Humidity and Rainfall
Month
Relative humidity
Average Rainfall (mm)
Wet Days
am
pm
Jan
72
54
15
3
Feb
77
54
8
2
March
85
57
18
3
April
90
60
48
6
May
91
65
79
9
June
91
64
84
9
July
91
67
89
10
Aug
90
65
66
9
Sept
87
62
43
7
Oct
79
58
31
5
Nov
74
56
18
3
Dec
71
54
10
3
 
In South African the school summer holidays run from early December to mid January. Many South Africans visit Cape Town during this period and book their visit months in advance. Restaurants may be full and accommodation scarce, so you should plan holiday well in advance, and be prepared for lots of company. The Easter period is also a peak holiday time for South Africans.
There is an old joke which says that “Cape Town has four seasons, sometimes all in the same day”. It is worth checking the weather forecast locally in the papers or on radio. Also, if you wake up in the morning and Table Mountain is clear; go up it that morning because it may be covered in cloud in the afternoon or for several days to come.
Cape Town hosts many national and international events. It may be worth checking these out when planning your holiday, you may want to participate or to avoid these events. Remember, these events can make it harder to get accommodation or eat out at short notice. Visit the official Cape Town calendar of events to see what’s on.


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