Cape Town Climate Guide, Charts and Statistics

Cape Town Climate Guide Overview

Cape Town Climate Guide - Charts and Statistics

Packing for a weekend trip to Cape Town should be likened to packing for two weeks of English summer, all weather gear!  In 24 hours in Cape Town I have experienced rain, storm and chill followed by a glorious, warm and calm sunrise. But I had been out all night at the annual Cape Town Jazz Festival.

Capetonians will tell you that if you can see ‘The Mountain’ (Table Mountain, of course) when you arrive, then visit it immediately as often it can be obscured by low clouds and mist blowing off the Atlantic Ocean for a couple of days at a time.

Seriously, whilst temperatures dip a little in the three winter months of June to August, and rain is more
likely, year round temperatures are usually in the mid 20’s centigrade, with 10 to 12 hours of sunshine not uncommon.

Just don’t swim in the Atlantic without a wet suit and keep checking the weather charts.

Scientifically speaking, Cape Town's climate is classified as having an 'hyper-oceanic' climate with a bioclimatic classification of having a 'warm, temperate, dry forest biome'.

Maximum Daytime Temperature

Climate chart showing average monthly maximum daytime temperatures

Minimum Night-time Temperature

Climate chart showing average monthly minimum night-time temperatures

Average Sea Temperature

Climate chart showing average monthly sea temperatures

Average Hours of Sunshine

Climate chart showing average monthly hours of sunshine

Average Hours of Daylight

Climate chart showing average monthly hours of daylight

Average amount of Rainfall

Climate chart showing average monthly amount of rainfall

Average No of Days with Rainfall

Climate chart showing average number of rainy days each month
Image montage showing the different facets of Cape Town's climate