March is the last real month of summer in Cape Town, before things cool down a little for fall. There are still plenty of long, warm days, but the excessive heat of mid-summer is gone, leaving milder weather. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what to expect from the Cape Town weather in March.
March temperatures in Cape Town
March is the sweet spot in Cape Town’s year. It’s not too hot; not too windy; not too wet. Expect mild days, pretty sunsets, and long walks on the beach. The average daily temperatures are 16ºC – 27ºC (61ºF – 80ºF). There are a few chilly days when you’ll need a light jacket, but most days are a mild 21°C (70°F).
March wind in Cape Town
The wind usually drops in March, after a windy January and February. This means great beach days and perfect hiking weather.
The winter rains don’t usually begin until around May. March averages only two days of rain annually.
March daylight hours
By March, the days are a little shorter than mid-summer but there’s still plenty of sunshine to go around. There is an average of just over 9 hours of daylight per day in March.
Best activities when visiting Cape Town in March
March is shoulder season, which means that the big attractions are a little quieter and accommodation and flight rates are a little lower. The weather is perfect for outdoor activities, like beaches and hiking. It’s is perfect for visiting wine farms or enjoying al fresco dining. There are very few cloudy days, so it’s also a good time to enjoy the spectacular scenery. There are also some big events during the month, including the Cape Epic, Cape Town Cycle Tour, Cape Town Carnival, and Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
What to pack for a March vacation
- Sunblock and hats
- Cool, light clothing
- Bathing suit
- A light jacket and long trousers
- Hiking gear
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