The best times to visit Cape Town for ideal weather are

July 30th to January 21st

or

February 19th to July 15th

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

 


Cape Town Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in Cape Town

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Cape Town vary little and are temperate for about half of the year. The area is in the top 46 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. 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-April where highs are regularly around 86°F (30°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 63.6°F (17.6°C) at night.

    Cape Town Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    Average
    Low

    Cape Town Temperatures (Celsius)

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    High
    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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    High
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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

    Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan 81.7 70.8 63.5
    Feb 81.9 71 63.8
    Mar 78.6 67.8 61
    Apr 78.5 67 59.7
    May 69.2 60.2 55.3
    Jun 64.7 56.4 50.8
    Jul 63.5 55.7 50
    Aug 67.9 58.4 53.1
    Sep 69.9 59.8 53.8
    Oct 75.2 64.4 57.5
    Nov 76.6 65.6 58.7
    Dec 80 69.8 62.7

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 27.6 21.6 17.5
    Feb 27.7 21.7 17.7
    Mar 25.9 19.9 16.1
    Apr 25.8 19.4 15.4
    May 20.7 15.7 12.9
    Jun 18.2 13.6 10.4
    Jul 17.5 13.2 10
    Aug 19.9 14.7 11.7
    Sep 21.1 15.4 12.1
    Oct 24 18 14.2
    Nov 24.8 18.7 14.8
    Dec 26.7 21 17.1

     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in Cape Town are August, April, and then June. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are only 0 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 1.2 days with 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.

    Chance of 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

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 0 0 0
    Feb 0 0 0
    Mar 1.4 0 0.01
    Apr 1.4 0 0
    May 1.4 0 0
    Jun 1.4 0 0
    Jul 0 0 0
    Aug 4.3 0 0.01
    Sep 0 0 0
    Oct 0 0 0
    Nov 1.4 0 0
    Dec 0 0 0

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 0 0 0
    Feb 0 0 0
    Mar 1.4 0 0.03
    Apr 1.4 0 0
    May 1.4 0 0
    Jun 1.4 0 0
    Jul 0 0 0
    Aug 4.3 0 0.03
    Sep 0 0 0
    Oct 0 0 0
    Nov 1.4 0 0
    Dec 0 0 0

     

    Humidity and Wind

    Cape Town has slightly low to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. 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 moderate. 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 “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.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 5 a light breeze 8 a gentle breeze
    Feb 5 a light breeze 8.4 a gentle breeze
    Mar 4.8 a light breeze 7.8 a gentle breeze
    Apr 4.1 a light breeze 6.9 a light breeze
    May 3.7 light air 6.3 a gentle breeze
    Jun 3.6 light air 5.7 a light breeze
    Jul 3.9 light air 5.8 a gentle breeze
    Aug 3.9 light air 6.2 a light breeze
    Sep 4.6 a light breeze 7.2 a gentle breeze
    Oct 5.2 a light breeze 8.3 a gentle breeze
    Nov 5.4 a light breeze 8.1 a gentle breeze
    Dec 5.4 a light breeze 8.4 a gentle breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 51.3
    Feb 49
    Mar 53.8
    Apr 43.9
    May 62.9
    Jun 59.1
    Jul 56.8
    Aug 59.4
    Sep 53.2
    Oct 49.5
    Nov 45.8
    Dec 47.7

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Cape Town?

    As of 6/13/2017 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.
     

    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. 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 roughly 0 days of 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 slightly cold weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate 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 very small amount: approximately 0 days per month. Tourism is busy 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 trivial/unreported amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

     


     

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