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Cape Town Weather Patterns

Cape Town is a city alive with the creativity, colour, sounds and tastes that mark it our as the quintessential melting pot. When you’re walking the streets of Cape Town, you’ll instantly in love with the people, natural beauty, creative freedom and incredible spirit.

Cape Town truly is a rare cultural gem, with a variety of influences from French, Dutch, Indonesian, German and British settlers, along with the local Bushmen and Hottentot tribes and the Bantu tribes from the north.

 When you visit Cape Town, you’ll instantly experience the impressive presence of Table Mountain, flanked by the historical Signal Hill and legendary Devil’s Peak, all standing proudly above the City. The peaceful and white sandy beaches that frame the Cape Peninsula are the perfect places to relax and take some time for yourself. The Cape Peninsula is also famed for its unique floral kingdom, bountiful rivers, veils and dams and magnificent countryside, perfect for nature lovers and keen explorers. The surrounding area extends far into the winelands, verdant green in summer and a rich gold-red in the autumn.

Seasons

Summer in Cape Town

Cape Town’s warm and dry summers make it incredibly popular with tourists, and summer in Cape Town generally begins in November and lasts until February.

Temperature

Summers in Cape Town have an average temperature of 20oc, with the warmest months of January and February reaching roughly up to 26oc. It won’t get any cooler than 14oc at night, so you don’t need to bring a coat or umbrella as rainfall is between 24mm (November) and 14mm (January). 

What to bring on holiday to Cape Town in the summer

If you’re coming to Cape Town in the summer months, remember to bring plenty of sun tan lotion, a hat and some after sun. The sun shines for approximately 10.5 hours in November, December, January and February and the humidity is at its lowest in summer.

Fun fact: The highest temperature measured in Cape Town was a steaming 41.3oc in January. Don’t worry about overheating, as The Cape Doctor, a strong south-eastern wind, visits the Cape Peninsula in the summer.  This is in addition to the Berg Wind, coming in from the Karoo, hitting Cape Town with hot air.

Autumn in Cape Town

Between March and April, you’ll experience the glorious Cape Peninsula autumn, one of the most beautiful seasons to see. The Cape vineyards turn into stunning fields of bright red, brown, orange and yellow whilst maintaining a highly pleasant temperature. The slopes surrounding Cape Town turn stunning shades of gold and scarlet. Some people believe autumn is the best season in which to visit Cape Town.

Temperature

The wind drops in the Cape Peninsula in the autumn and the temperatures are mellow and enjoyable. The climate charts for Cape Town suggest that you can expect an average temperature of 20oc in March and 18oc in April.

Winter in Cape Town

Winter, or the Green Season, starts in Cape Town as soon as the cold front from the Atlantic Ocean rolls in. Winter in Cape Town offers a nice difference to the long season of beach weather. Capetonians vanish on the first day of winter and cocoon – coming out again once the weather is 22oc!

The wind changes from the legendary Cape Doctor (also known as the South Easter) to the infamous North West winds. Winter starts at the end of May, including June and July, before ending at the end of August. The weather in winter is famously unpredictable with wind and rain sweeping Cape Town’s streets on some days and temperatures of 25oc on others!

Temperature

On average, the high temperature in Cape Town during the winter is 17oc, with temperatures as low as 8oc in June, July and August. The rainfall in Cape Town falls between 105mm in June and 82mm in August. Cape Town’s bursts of rain are completely unique and fall straight from the sky like a blanket of small drips, before stopping as if nothing ever happened.

Capetonians call winter the ‘secret season’, due to the unexpected weather you can experience during this time of year.

What to bring on holiday to Cape Town in the winter

If you’re on holiday in Cape Town for the winter, make sure to make something for every kind of weather imaginable. During the Capetonian winter, you’ll experience everything, including sunshine, rain, clouds and wind.

The north-westerly blasts of wind are responsible for regularly blowing up skirts, so you may have to hold onto the throughout the winter. The first explorers didn’t call the Cape Peninsula the Cape of Storms for no reason!

If you love the great outdoors and like a slightly cooler temperature, visiting Cape Town in winter can be an amazing choice. The vegetation soaks up all the rainfall and you’ll see beautiful blossom all over the Cape Peninsula. The Cape Peninsula is at its greenest during winter, and when you climb Table Mountain, you can enjoy picturesque small waterfalls splashing from the mountainside.

Spring in Cape Town

September sees the start of spring in Cape Town and the temperature starts to rise again. The Cape Peninsula bursts into bloom and is famous for its flower season. If you’re visiting Cape Town in the spring, make sure you see the colourful display to the north of the city. It’s a major attraction you won’t want to miss!

Spring is the perfect season in which to visit Cape Town as the spring weather is soft and mild. Temperatures average anywhere between 15oc in September and 17oc in October, with plenty of days in the mid-twenties, providing you with balmy days to enjoy the Cape Peninsula. As the days lengthen, you can enjoy the soft crispiness of Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula.

Whatever time of year you want to plan your holiday to Cape Town, have a look at our self-catered holiday villas and experience everything Cape Town has to offer. Call + 27 (0)21 987 0280 for more information.