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The climate of Santiago (Cape Verde)
Santiago is the largest island of Cape Verde and is part of the Sotavento or the leeward islands. The capital of Santiago is Praia which is also the capital of Cape Verde. The island has a population of 240,000 half of which live in the capital. The tourists that travel to Santiago mainly visit Praia, Pedra Badejo and Tarrafal. One of the most important tourist attractions on the island is the old Portuguese city Cidade Velha. In the vicinity of the capital an international airport can be found. Agriculture and tourism are the main sources of income for the island. Mainly bananas and mangos are cultivated here. However, there are also coffee and sugar plantations on the island.
Just like the rest of Cape Verde Santiago has a tropical savannah climate. This climate type is characterized by pleasant temperatures all year round and low precipitation figures. The largest part of the year it is very dry on the island. Only during fall heavy rain can be expected. However, this doesnít occur every year. The climate of Santiago is strongly influenced by the Harmattan wind. This wind comes from the Sahara and supplies dry and dusty air. The figures below are for the coastal areas, it is often colder in the higher areas.

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Santiago
Please, note that local deviations may occur

average
 maximum
temperature (įC)

average
minimum

temperature (įC)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (įC)
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 figures are very useful but donít present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures donít always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

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