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.
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
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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:
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