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The climate of Cape Verde
Cape Verde or the Republic of Cape Verde is an archipelago off the coast of the Western Africa. Cape Verde is a popular winter sun destination, because of the pleasant climate it is even one of the better beach holiday destinations during the winter. The archipelago consists of 10 islands in total. The most popular islands to spend your holiday on are: Santiago, Sal, Sal Rei and São Vicente. Based on precipitation figures the climate of Cape Verde cannot be classified as a warm desert climate. Based on long term figures Cape Verde has a warm steppe climate (type BSh according to the Köppen climate classification). Because rainfall is changeable it may occur that based on precipitation figures of a year with very little rainfall the climate should be classified as a desert climate during some years (250 millimeters of annual precipitation).


Climate information of places and areas in Cape Verde
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific information about weather and climate can be found on the climate pages per area or town. As for Cape Verde the following climate information is available:

Ribeira Grande
Sal Rei
Santa Maria
São Filipe
Vila do Maio
Boa Vista
San Antão
São Vicente

Sunny and dry
An important characteristic of Cape Verde is that it is dry during quite a number of months and the sun shines exuberantly. Especially from February till June it is very sunny and chances of rain are almost nil on the beaches of Cape Verde. This is why Cape Verde is very popular among Europeans as a sunny destination in spring when the weather in Europe is too unstable for a sunny holiday. During the winter daytime temperatures are 24-25 degrees Celsius on average and 29-30 degrees Celsius in September. During the winter night time temperatures are 18-19 degrees Celsius; during the summer 23-24 degrees Celsius. When a cold wind blows during the winter you may need a sweater or a cardigan during the evening.

Influence of the Sahara
Cape Verde is situated on the same degree of latitude as the Sahara, one of the warmest and driest areas in the world. Because of the influence of the ocean the weather in Cape Verde is much more pleasant. The relatively cold water which is supplied by the Canary Current tempers most of the heat. However, during the winter it may occur that warm and sandy air from the Sahara reaches Cape Verde. When this occurs temperatures may increase rapidly. The sandy clouds cause an unpleasant atmosphere that often dissolves within 24 hours. This Harmattan may occur from November till March.


Climate figures
Throughout Cape Verde several climate figures and temperatures can be recorded. The figures below are for the capital Praia and cannot be seen as an average for the country. Please, visit the individual climate pages for climate records on other places in Cape Verde.

temperature (°C)


temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 24 19 7 2 23
February 24 19 8 2 23
March 25 18 9 3 23
April 25 19 10 2 23
May 25 20 10 3 23
June 26 21 9 3 24
July 27 22 7 4 26
August 28 23 6 6 27
September 29 24 7 7 27
October 28 23 8 4 26
November 27 22 8 3 25
December 26 20 7 2 24
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time. How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate information per month. The figures below can are for the capital Praia. Please, visit the individual climate pages for climate records on other places in Cape Verde.

chance of
(very) hot


chance of
(very) cool
chance of

chance of
chance of
sunny days


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