Cape Town has a temperate, Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters. The geography of the peninsula means we have several microclimates. Locals often joke that it’s possible to experience all four seasons in one day.
During the summer months, Cape Town has warm, sunny weather with temperatures ranging from the mid-20s to mid-30s Celsius. The city experiences very little rain during this time, making it the perfect season to enjoy the outdoors. The summer wind - known lo locals as "the Cape Dr" can be strong, blowing mainly from the North-East, providing a refreshing cool breeze to the hot summer days.
The average seasonal temperatures in Cape Town can vary depending on the time of year. In the summer months, December to February, the temperature ranges from around 20-26°C (68-78°F) during the day and 13-18°C (55-64°F) during the night. In the winter months, June to August, the temperature ranges from around 12-17°C (54-62°F) during the day and 4-8°C (39-46°F) during the night.
During the spring and autumn months, Cape Town has pleasant weather with temperatures ranging from the mid-teens to mid-20s Celsius. The city experiences moderate rainfall during these months, with occasional clear and sunny days. It is a great time to visit Cape Town and enjoy the mild temperatures and beautiful floral displays.
The sun in Cape Town shines bright and warm for around 7.5-9.5 hours a day with around 300 days of sunshine per year, making it perfect for outdoor activities like beach trips, hikes, sports and sightseeing throughout the year. Be sure to lather on a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) sunscreen and enjoy the magnificent sunshine.
During the winter months, Cape Town has cool, wet weather with temperatures ranging from the mid-teens to low-20s Celsius. The city experiences frequent rain during this time, and the mountains may even receive some snow. It is a great time to visit Cape Town and enjoy indoor activities such as visiting museums and wine tasting.
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