The best times to visit Cape Town for ideal weather are

August 6th to January 21st

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.


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    Weather in Cape Town

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Cape Town vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is among the most temperate — in the 94th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Cape Town, the hottest months are February, January, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid February where highs are regularly around 86°F (30°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 66.5°F (19.2°C) at night.

    Cape Town Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    High
    Average
    Low

    Cape Town Temperatures (Celsius)

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    Average
    Low

    “Feels-Like” Temperatures

    The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

    Cape Town Perceived Temperature (F)

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    Cape Town Perceived Temperature (C)

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    Average Cape Town Temperatures by Month

    Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

    Show Fahrenheit

    MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan81.770.863.5
    Feb81.97163.8
    Mar78.667.861
    Apr78.56759.7
    May69.260.255.3
    Jun64.756.450.8
    Jul63.555.750
    Aug67.958.453.1
    Sep69.959.853.8
    Oct75.264.457.5
    Nov76.665.658.7
    Dec8069.862.7

    Show Celsius

    MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan27.621.617.5
    Feb27.721.717.7
    Mar25.919.916.1
    Apr25.819.415.4
    May20.715.712.9
    Jun18.213.610.4
    Jul17.513.210
    Aug19.914.711.7
    Sep21.115.412.1
    Oct241814.2
    Nov24.818.714.8
    Dec26.72117.1


     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Cape Town are January, February, and then April. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late August to early September with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of August 27th.

    When can you find snow in Cape Town? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

    Chanceof Precipitation

    The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Cape Town.

    Key
    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

    The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Cape Town (in).

    Key
    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan0%00
    Feb0%00
    Mar2%00.2
    Apr0%00
    May0%00
    Jun0%00
    Jul0%00
    Aug2%00.3
    Sep0%00
    Oct0%00
    Nov2%00.1
    Dec0%00

    Show Centimeters

    MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan000
    Feb000
    Mar200.5
    Apr000
    May000
    Jun000
    Jul000
    Aug200.8
    Sep000
    Oct000
    Nov200.3
    Dec000

     

    Humidity and Wind

    Cape Town has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is April (43.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is May (62.9%).

    Wind in Cape Town is usually calm. The windiest month is December, followed by November and October. December’s average wind speed of around 5.4 knots (6.2 MPH or 10 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid February where average top sustained speeds reach 10.7 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

    The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Cape Town.

    Key
    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

    The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

    Key
    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

    MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
    Jan5Light breeze8Gentle breeze
    Feb5Light breeze8.4Gentle breeze
    Mar4.8Light breeze7.8Gentle breeze
    Apr4.1Light breeze6.9Light breeze
    May3.7Barely noticeable6.3Gentle breeze
    Jun3.6Barely noticeable5.7Light breeze
    Jul3.9Barely noticeable5.8Gentle breeze
    Aug3.9Barely noticeable6.2Light breeze
    Sep4.6Light breeze7.2Gentle breeze
    Oct5.2Light breeze8.3Gentle breeze
    Nov5.4Light breeze8.1Gentle breeze
    Dec5.4Light breeze8.4Gentle breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
    Jan51.3%
    Feb49%
    Mar53.8%
    Apr43.9%
    May62.9%
    Jun59.1%
    Jul56.8%
    Aug59.4%
    Sep53.2%
    Oct49.5%
    Nov45.8%
    Dec47.7%

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Cape Town?

    Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Aug 21, 2019 there are travel warnings for South Africa; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 21, 2019.


     

    The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

    The busiest month for tourism in Cape Town, South Africa is January, followed by February and November. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Cape Town in June. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

    Estimated Tourism by Month

     

    Most Popular Months to Visit

    Key
    Tourists Seeking Accommodations

    Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 65.4 in June means 65.4% of the tourists vs. January.


    Overall Cape Town Travel Experience by Season

    Fall (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 86°F (30°C) and 61.3°F (16.3°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is extremely rare with 0 to 1 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

    Winter (June through August)

    The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see the most precipitation with 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Cape Town, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

    Spring (September through November)

    Spring daily highs range from 80.9°F (27.2°C) and 63.8°F (17.7°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a barely noticeable amount: 0 to 1 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.

    Summer (December through February)

    Weather is perfect this time of year in Cape Town to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 85°F (29.4°C) and 77.1°F (25.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a insignificant amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

     

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