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You are planning a trip to Cape Town, but you’re trying to figure out the best time to visit Cape Town. Because the weather has a huge impact on any vacation, you naturally need to understand the Cape Town weather by month. First, a quick look at the Cape Town weather averages per year, then, all you can expect of the seasons and the Cape Town weather by month.

From the outset, it is important to note that Cape Town does get cold. Cape Town enjoys a Mediterranean climate, so it doesn’t get as cold as it does in some parts of the USA for example, but there is definitely a noticeable difference between the Cape Town summer and winter.

Cape Town Weather Averages

In Cape Town, you can expect hot, dry, and balmy summers, with temperatures ranging from warm to sweltering in the daytime. Winters in Cape Town are wet and windy with gale-force winds. Here’s an idea of the Cape Town weather averages you can expect from month to month.

Cape Town Weather Average temperature

All Year Climate & Weather Averages in Cape Town

Here’s a quick and easy rundown of what to expect:

  • Hottest Month February (72 °F average)
  • Coldest Month July (55 °F average)
  • Wettest Month June (1.87″ average)
  • Windiest Month January (15 mph average)
  • Annual precipitation. 8.40″ (per year)
  • High Temperature: 81 °F
  • Low Temperature: 45 °F
  • Mean Temperature: 63 °F
  • Precipitation: 0.70″
  • Humidity: 73%
  • Dew Point: 53 °F
  • Wind: 11 mph
  • Pressure: 30.03 “Hg
  • Visibility: 10 mi

Cape Town Weather by month

Below is a brief but comprehensive rundown of what you can expect from the Cape Town weather by month and by season. This can help you plan the best time to visit Cape Town.

Summer in Cape Town

The Cape Town summer (Dec-Jan-Feb) attracts a lot of international tourists. (This is the peak season, and therefore the most expensive time to visit Cape Town).

Expect warm to hot weather and clear, blue skies. Pack flip-flops, shorts, t-shirts, light dresses, and sunscreen.

Best time to visit Cape Town - Sea Point, Cape Town South Africa.

Cape Town weather in December

December is the first month of the South African summer.

In Cape Town, this is a moderately hot month with average temperature fluctuating between 61.3°F ( 16.3°C) and 75.7°F ( 24.3°C).

December Climate & Weather Averages in Cape Town

  • High Temp: 79 °F
  • Low Temp: 60 °F
  • Mean Temp: 69 °F
  • Precipitation: 0.12″
  • Humidity: 67%
  • Dew Point: 57 °F
  • Wind: 14 mph
  • Pressure: 29.94 “Hg
  • Visibility: 11 mi

Cape Town weather in January

January in Cape Town is a moderately hot summer month with average temperature fluctuating between 78.4°F (25.8°C) and 63.9°F (17.7°C).

January Climate & Weather Averages in Cape Town

  • High Temp: 80 °F
  • Low Temp: 62 °F
  • Mean Temp: 71 °F
  • Precipitation: 0.08″
  • Humidity: 68%
  • Dew Point: 58 °F
  • Wind: 15 mph
  • Pressure: 29.92 “Hg
  • Visibility: 11 mi

Cape Town weather in February

February is the last month of the summer in South Africa. It is a moderately hot month with average temperatures ranging between 63.7°F (17.6°C) and 79°F (26.1°C).

February is the warmest month of the year in Cape Town.

February Climate & Weather Averages in Cape Town

  • High Temp: 81 °F
  • Low Temp: 62 °F
  • Mean Temp: 72 °F
  • Precipitation: 0.09″
  • Humidity: 69%
  • Dew Point: 59 °F
  • Wind: 14 mph
  • Pressure: 29.92 “Hg
  • Visibility: 11 mi

Autumn in Cape Town

The Cape Town Autumn/Fall (Mar-Apr-May) is the shoulder season. Expect milder, pleasant temperatures and lower rates.

The temperatures do change as the season progresses. Pack summer clothes if you are visiting Cape Town during early Fall, with long sleeves and layers towards the middle and end of Fall. Also, keep in mind that days might be warm but temperatures drop as night falls.

cape town in autumn

Cape Town weather in March

March is the first month of autumn. With average temperatures ranging between 62.2°F (16.8°C) and 76.6°F (24.8°C), it is still a warm month for travel. In fact, the average high temperatures in March are practically the same as in February.

March Climate & Weather Averages in Cape Town

  • High Temp: 79 °F
  • Low Temp: 59 °F
  • Mean Temp: 69 °F
  • Precipitation: 0.11″
  • Humidity: 72%
  • Dew Point: 57 °F
  • Wind: 12 mph
  • Pressure: 29.96 “Hg
  • Visibility: 11 mi

Cape Town weather in April

April in Cape Town experiences temperatures ranging from an average low of 59°F (15°C) to an average high of 72.5°F (22.5°C).

April Climate & Weather Averages in Cape Town

  • High Temp: 74 °F
  • Low Temp: 54 °F
  • Mean Temp: 64 °F
  • Precipitation: 0.59″
  • Humidity: 75%
  • Dew Point: 54 °F
  • Wind: 9 mph
  • Pressure: 30.02 “Hg
  • Visibility: 10 mi

Cape Town weather in May

May is the last month of autumn, with average temperatures fluctuating between 67.5°F (19.7°C) and 55.6°F (13.1°C).

May Climate & Weather Averages in Cape Town

  • High Temp: 69 °F
  • Low Temp: 51 °F
  • Mean Temp: 60 °F
  • Precipitation: 1.04″
  • Humidity: 80%
  • Dew Point: 52 °F
  • Wind: 8 mph
  • Pressure: 30.06 “Hg
  • Visibility: 8 mi

Winter in Cape Town

The Cape Town winter (Jun-Jul-Aug) is the off-season. If you look at the temperature averages over the winter in Cape Town, it may seem like it is still relatively pleasant. However, it is winter and there is a noticeable difference between the warm and cold seasons in Cape Town. Also, the wind and rain make it feel like winter even though the temperatures are not that low (compared to a typical Northern Hemisphere winter).

Be sure to pack layers, a rain jacket or coat, boots, long pants, and sleeves.

Cape Town weather by month

Cape Town weather in June

June is the first month of the South African winter. Relatively speaking it is still an enjoyable month in Cape Town, with average temperature fluctuating between 51.8°F (11°C) and 62.2°F (16.8°C). However, expect more rain because June is the wettest month.

June Climate & Weather Averages in Cape Town

  • High Temp: 65 °F
  • Low Temp: 46 °F
  • Mean Temp: 56 °F
  • Precipitation: 1.87″
  • Humidity: 80%
  • Dew Point: 48 °F
  • Wind: 8 mph
  • Pressure: 30.13 “Hg
  • Visibility: 8 mi

Cape Town weather in July

July and August are the coldest months in Cape Town. You can expect temperatures ranging from an average high of 62.1°F (16.7°C) to an average low of 50.4°F (10.2°C).

July Climate & Weather Averages in Cape Town

  • High Temp: 64 °F
  • Low Temp: 45 °F
  • Mean Temp: 55 °F
  • Precipitation: 1.65″
  • Humidity: 79%
  • Dew Point: 47 °F
  • Wind: 9 mph
  • Pressure: 30.17 “Hg
  • Visibility: 9 mi

Cape Town weather in August

August the last month of the winter. You can expect temperatures to fluctuate between a low 50.4°F (10.2°C) and a high of 61.9°F (16.6°C). July and August are the coldest months of the year.

August Climate & Weather Averages in Cape Town

  • High Temp: 65 °F
  • Low Temp: 47 °F
  • Mean Temp: 56 °F
  • Precipitation: 1.56″
  • Humidity: 78%
  • Dew Point: 48 °F
  • Wind: 9 mph
  • Pressure: 30.12 “Hg
  • Visibility: 9 mi

Spring in Cape Town

The Cape Town Spring (Sep-Oct-Nov) sees the temperatures rising and wildflowers popping up all over. Temperatures are mild with short, sporadic bursts of rainfall. 

If you are visiting at the beginning of spring, you may want to pack a few layers. However, from the middle to the end of spring, it starts feeling like summer. To be safe, pack summer clothes along with jeans and a light jacket.

spring in cape town weather by month

Cape Town weather in September

September is the first month of the spring. Temperatures range from an average low of 51.6°F (10.9°C) to an average high of 64.4°F (18°C).

September Climate & Weather Averages in Cape Town

  • High Temp: 67 °F
  • Low Temp: 49 °F
  • Mean Temp: 58 °F
  • Precipitation: 0.71″
  • Humidity: 75%
  • Dew Point: 49 °F
  • Wind: 10 mph
  • Pressure: 30.09 “Hg
  • Visibility: 10 mi

Cape Town weather in October

October is the second month of Spring. It is pleasant with average temperatures fluctuating between 69.3°F (20.7°C) and 55.8°F (13.2°C).

October Climate & Weather Averages in Cape Town

  • High Temp: 72 °F
  • Low Temp: 53 °F
  • Mean Temp: 62 °F
  • Precipitation: 0.30″
  • Humidity: 70%
  • Dew Point: 51 °F
  • Wind: 12 mph
  • Pressure: 30.04 “Hg
  • Visibility: 10 mi

Cape Town weather in November

November is the last month of the spring. Expect another pleasant month with ranging between a low of 57.9°F (14.4°C) and a high of 71.6°F (22°C).

November Climate & Weather Averages in Cape Town

  • High Temp: 75 °F
  • Low Temp: 57 °F
  • Mean Temp: 66 °F
  • Precipitation: 0.28″
  • Humidity: 68%
  • Dew Point: 53 °F
  • Wind: 13 mph
  • Pressure: 29.99 “Hg
  • Visibility: 11 mi
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