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The climate of Cape Town: when to go to Cape Town

The area of ​​Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope has a pleasant Mediterranean climate with well-defined seasons. The summers are dry and hot, while winters are cold and wet and sometimes in winter cold fronts coming from the Atlantic Ocean can bring heavy rains.

Rainfall is concentrated in the winter months, between May and August, the city’s average annual rainfall of just over 500 mm, but the amount of rainfall varies greatly between different areas of Cape Town. In the valleys and coastal plains average rainfall remains low, around 500 mm per year, but in the mountainous slopes of Table Mountain annual averages reach up to 1,500 mm.


Cape Town has an average of 103 rainy days per year. The months of June and August are the ones with the most rainy days, on average, each have more than 13 days of rain. While February, March and November are the months with fewer days of rain, on average less than 5 days of rain per month.

Groot Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa. Author and Copyright Marco Ramerini.

Groot Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa. Author Marco Ramerini.

Winter temperatures are quite cold with average minimum temperatures of 7 ° C, but if the weather is fine, which is not too uncommon, temperatures during the day can exceed 20 ° C. The summer, which runs from November to February, is hot and dry with average maximum temperatures ranging between 25 ° C and 27 ° C, the average summer minimum temperatures vary between 15 ° C and 16 ° C. Cape Town has an average of 3,094 hours of sunshine annually.

The temperature of the sea in Cape Town ranging between 16 ° C in the months between June and October and 20 ° C during the months of January to March.


The best time to visit Cape Town are the hottest and driest months between October and April.


CAPE TOWN (44 meters)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 16 26 15  6
February 16 27 17  5
March 14 25 20  5
April 12 23 41  8
May 9 20 69  11
June 8 18 93  13
July 7 18 82  12
August 8 18 77  14
September 9 19 40  10
October 11 21 30  9
November 13 24 14  5
December 15 25 17  6
YEAR 11 22 515  103
Month Sea Water Temperature °C
January 20
February 20
March 20
April 18
May 17
June 16
July 16
August 16
September 16
October 16
November 18
December 19

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