Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate with well-defined seasons.
The moderate Cape Town weather, with warm sunny summers and cool winters, makes it a great all year destination.
January to March
This is the height of summer and you can expect warm and sunny weather. Temperatures are mild, with an average maximum of 26°C (79°F), but temperatures in excess of 30°C are not uncommon.
During summer, the Peninsula gets regular strong winds from the south-east, known locally as the Cape Doctor, because it blows away pollution and cleans the air.
Activities during this time tend to be outdoor activities. and the following annual events and festivals are worth the visit:
April and May
As Autumn draws closer, the temperature gets cooler and the winds subside. Days get shorter but the weather allows one to still explore the outdoors.
The shark viewing season picks up.
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June and July
Winter has a cool average minimum temperature of 7 °C and most of the region's annual rainfall occurs in this time.
A sunny winters day in Cape Town is very special as there will be no wind, the air will be crisp and fresh and the sun will be shining.
enough to be swimming in the ocean. No, but then with the low water
temperatures of the ocean along the Western Cape coast, it is seldom
warm enough to swim.
August and September
The weather gets warmer with more sunny days and occasional rainfalls. The average daytime temperatures range from 18°- 20°C.
Spring is a great time to experience the Namaqualand, a semi Desert area to the north of Cape Peninsula.
The wild flowers bloom en masse and huge fields are covered in flowers of every colour.
This is peak season for whale and shark viewing.
Cape Town Weather page.
October and November
This is the beginning of summer with average temperatures ranging from 22°C - 25°C. Various festivals allow you once again to be outdoors.
This is peak season in Cape Town and during the South African summer school holiday, many visitors flock to the Mother City.
The beaches are packed and the city comes alive with numerous events and holiday activities.
Asking me to pick a favourite season however, is like giving a child four slabs of chocolate and asking him to pick only one favourite.
But let me run through the seasons and tell which pictures jump to mind:
Summer - beaches, braaing (preparing food on a fire), wind surfing, beautiful sun tanned people, long days, cricket ...
Autumn - hikes, wind free days, different coloured vineyards, camping, braaing ...
Winter - rain, log fires, cosy restaurants, green fields, rugby ...
Spring - flowers, cool weather, bird watching, camping, braaing (yes you've guessed it - I love braaing) ...
Sorry, I got carried away a little.
What was the Question again? O yes, my favourite season.
If I really must choose, it would be Winter and for the following reasons:
There you have it. Cape Town weather summarized on one page! So when must you visit? When you want to!!!!
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