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The climate of Cape Town (South Africa)
Cape Town is located in the South western part of South Africa near Cape of Good Hope. Although the largest part of South Africa has a subtropical climate or a moderate subtropical climate (savannah climate, steppe climate and desert climate) this part of South Africa is an exception. The combination of its southern location and the cold Gulf Stream are responsible for a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers. The large difference with the rest of the country is in the pattern of precipitation. Winters are relatively wet and summers are relatively dry. During the local winter months (our summer months) over 100 millimetres of precipitation falls on a monthly basis where the rest of the country has its dry period. Temperatures are spring like during this period, but the rain and a wind-chill make for a colder feel than temperature figures show. During the summer months (from December to March) Cape Town is warm, sunny and dry. For many this is the ideal period to visit Cape Town. The warmth in combination with little precipitation is responsible for low humidity figures. Because of this the climate hardly ever gets muggy.

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Cape Town:

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 26 16 11 6 19
February 27 15 10 5 18
March 25 14 9 5 18
April 23 12 7 8 17
May 19 9 6 11 17
June 18 8 5 14 16
July 17 7 6 12 15
August 17 8 7 13 15
September 19 9 7 10 15
October 21 11 9 9 16
November 23 12 10 5 17
December 24 14 11 4 18
= 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

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
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Disclaimer
The information at this site was carefully composed from climate data collected by meteorological services, meteorological offices, climate experts and other sources. ďMore climate infoĒ is based on statistics, climate data and personal experience. No rights can be derived from this site. Weather has no memory and gives no guaranties. Nothing is as changeable and unpredictable as the weather. The authors of this site feel in no way responsible for any damages caused by misinterpretation or other circumstances that may influence your holiday or trip to a certain destination. We provide information, itís up to the reader to use it to itís benefit.

 

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