GENERAL CLIMATE

Cape Town is often referred to as the gentle gateway into African as it’s not a typically African City and similarly its weather is  not typical of the continent. The Cape is the only part of Southern Africa that falls within a temperate zone and therefore it enjoys a MEDITERRANEAN climate of LONG HOT SUMMERS and COOL WET WINTERS.

Daily weather conditions are also affected by the mountains and Cape Town is famous for its ‘four seasons in one day’ type weather patterns which can vary significantly around the mountains, sunshine on one side, rain the other. But for the most part the Cape experiences a pleasant moderate climate however it has earned its nickname “CAPE OF STORMS” for good reason.

For Photographers these changing weather conditions are ideal as they can create interesting skies, landscapes and moods.

Weather Cape Town, South Africa

Month Average Sunny (Days a month) Temperature Discomfort from heat and humidity Relative humidity Average Precipitation (mm) Wet Days (+0.25 mm)
Average Record
Min Max Min Max Am Pm
JAN 27 16 26 7 37 Moderate 72 54 15 3
FEB 26 16 26 5 38 Moderate 77 54 8 2
MARCH 27 14 25 6 39 Moderate 85 57 18 3
April 24 12 22 3 39 90 60 48 6
May 22 9 19 -1 35 91 65 79 9
June 21 8 18 -2 29 91 64 84 9
July 19 7 17 -2 29 91 67 89 11
Aug 21 8 18 -1 32 90 65 66 9
Sept 23 9 18 1 34 87 62 43 7
Oct 25 11 21 1 32 79 58 31 5
Nov 27 13 23 4 34 74 56 18 3
Dec 27 14 24 5 38 Moderate 71 54 10 3

This bar chart shows average annual weather conditions covering rain, humidity and maximum and minimum daily temperatures.

Please see best time/season to visit blog for more detailed idea of the weather patterns.

ANNUAL SUNRISE/SUNSET TIMES (www.timeanddate.com)

Months SUNRISE
BEGIN – END
SUNSET
BEGIN – END
FULL MOON
2017
JANUARY  05:39  –  06:07 20:01  –  19:52 12
FEBRUARY  06:08  –  06:33 19:51  –  19:24 11
MARCH  06:34  –  06:58 19:23  –  18:43 12
APRIL  06:58  –  07:20 18:41  –  18:06 11
MAY  07:21  –  07:42 18:05  –  17:45 10
JUNE  07:43  –  07:52 17:45  –  17:48 9
JULY  07:52  –  07:40 17:48  –  18:06 9
AUGUST  07:39  –  07:06 18:07  –  18:27 7
SEPTEMBER  07:05 –   06:25 18:28  –  18:48 6
OCTOBER  06:24 –   05:47 18:49  –  19:13 5
NOVEMBER  05:46 –   05:28 19:14  –  19:41 4
DECEMBER  05:28 –   05:38 19:42  –  20:00 3

Dawn and Dusk are approximately half an hour earlier and later than sunrise/set times.

 

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