Cape Town Weather

What to expect from Cape Town's weather when visiting

Weather in Cape Town, with its warm balmy summer days and mild winters, is a year round tourist and business hot spot! Read more about Cape Town's climate and seasons so that you're prepared for your next visit!

Cape Town is definitely a year round business and leisure destination which draws visitors back to its breathtaking shores time and time again. Add in friendly and welcoming locals, their sweet humor and diverse cultures and you're guaranteed a visit to remember!

Warm languid summers and mild, moist winters - conditions that perfectly sum up the Mediterranean climate of Cape Town and the Western Cape. Pop down to the coast in summertime and you're looking at pleasant lows of 15°C (59°F) to highs of 27°C (80.6°F). Go inland and you'll be shedding layers as temperatures are between 3-5 degrees higher.

As for winter, along the coast you'll find the mercury dropping to a mild 7°C (44.6°F) at night then rising to a comfortable 18°C (64.4°F) by day. But go inland, and wake up to clear crisp mornings that burst onto the scene with an invigorating 5°C (41°F), and midday temperatures that often climb to 22°C (71.6°F).

April's child is full of grace and never more so than in the Western Cape where March and April signals the arrival of idyllic Cape weather. Summer's intense heat subsides, the wind gentles to a lullaby and autumn/falcasts its crimson, orange and yellow mantle over the vineyards, generating red, russet vistas spreading from mountain tops to the sea.

From May to July, the snow-capped peaks of the Cape Winelands and the Cederberg sees us cosying up to crackling log fires and steaming cups of hot chocolate in restaurants and coffee shops. Besides being our rainy season, winter it is also our gourmet season with rich stews and mouth watering roasts going a long way to banish cloudy days.

August to October heralds the onset of springWinter is exiled and gives way to the sun and spectacular profusions of wild flower displays. Soon we're rushing back to the Cape's world-famous coastline of perfectly pristine beaches. Same goes for surfers and wind sport enthusiasts as the Cape Doctor, the southeaster wind, puffs gusty winds across the seas.

And in no time at all, November has arrived and Summer with it. Lasting until February, end March this is the period of long 14 hour days of sunshine. Beaching and other outdoor activities are at a peak - often starting early or in the cooler afternoons to avoid the heat of the summer sun.