Weather in Cape Town

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The Cape Weather

As South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the reverse of in Europe, Asia and some South American countries. Spring in South Africa is from September to November, summer begins in December and ends in February and autumn is until the end of May. The winter months are June, July and August.

The climate in the Western Cape and Cape Town is generally Mediterranean and rarely experiences weather extremes. The summers are warm with an average temperature of 25°c and mainly dry and very windy. The Cape does get very hot days with light to moderate breezes as well, and this poses the danger of severe sunburn as one doesn’t notice that the sun is very strong.  The ‘Cape Doctor’ is a very strong wind that blows in from the south-east (called a south-easter amongst locals) and although it can be very unpleasant, it gets its name because it clears any air pollution and makes way for cooling, fresh sea air.

The average temperature in the winter months is around 15°c, it is rarely colder than 10°c during the day; nights can be cold to very cold. We do get some lovely days during winter where you can enjoy the beaches or a nice braai (BBQ) in the evenings. Generally, winter is the rainy season but rainfall has decreased a lot over the last few years and Cape Town and its surrounds have become fairly dry. In summer the level of water in feeder dams lowers significantly and visitors are encouraged to use water sparingly.

It’s well know that in Cape Town  you can experience all four seasons in one day! It’s a good idea to always carry a light windbreaker. Be prepared for all eventualities and pack your suitcase accordingly.