weather in cape town

Climate | Annual Sunrise | Sunset Charts

GENERAL CLIMATE

Cape Town is often referred to as the gentle gateway into African as is not a typically African City and similarly its weather is atypical of the continent. The Cape is the only part of 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 the local expression ‘the only thing certain about the weather is, it’s not certain’ is because the region 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 Sunlight (hours) 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 25 16 26 5 38 Moderate 77 54 8 2
MARCH 27 14 25 6 39 Moderate 85 57 18 3
April 25 12 22 3 39 - 90 60 48 6
May 25 9 19 -1 35 - 91 65 79 9
June 23 8 18 -2 29 - 91 64 84 9
July 22 7 17 -2 29 - 91 67 89 10
Aug 21 8 18 -1 32 - 90 65 66 9
Sept 19 9 18 1 34 - 87 62 43 7
Oct 19 11 21 1 32 - 79 58 31 5
Nov 17 13 23 4 34 - 74 56 18 3
Dec 17 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 for more detailed idea of the weather patterns.

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

2010 SUNRISE
BEGIN - END
SUNSET
BEGIN - END
FULL MOON
JANUARY  05:39  -  06:07 20:01  -  19:52 30TH
FEBRUARY  06:08  -  06:33 19:51  -  19:24 28TH
MARCH  06:34  -  06:58 19:23  -  18:43 30TH
APRIL  06:58  -  07:20 18:41  -  18:06 28TH
MAY   07:21  -  07:42 18:05  -  17:45 27TH
JUNE  07:43  -  07:52 17:45  -  17:48 26TH
JULY  07:52  -  07:40 17:48  -  18:06 26TH
AUGUST  07:39  -  07:06 18:07  -  18:27 24TH
SEPTEMBER  07:05 -   06:25 18:28  -  18:48 23RD
OCTOBER   06:24 -   05:47 18:49  -  19:13 23RD
NOVEMBER  05:46 -   05:28 19:14  -  19:41 21ST
DECEMBER  05:28 -   05:38 19:42  -  20:00 21ST

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

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