Weather in Cape Town

With weather strongly influenced by Atlantic Ocean winds and pressure systems, it's sometimes said that, "Cape Town is like a baby, if it's not wet, it's windy." The truth is, however, that the weather in Cape Town is one of its greatest assets. Located on the Cape Peninsula close to the southern tip of Africa, expats will enjoy the city's Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers (December to February) and mild, wet winters (June to August).

Summer is often characterised by a strong south-easterly gust known as the Cape Doctor, and temperatures that peak in mid-February. Winters, on the other hand, receive frequent cold fronts and storms with lashing rain and powerful north-westerly winds. The mountains of the winelands are dusted with snow in mid-winter but temperatures generally remain well above freezing on the ground. 

The amount of sunlight the city receives significantly varies throughout the year. In late December the sun can set as late as 8pm and rise as early 5.30am. By contrast, it often only rises after 7amm at the height of winter and can set as early as 6pm.

Capetonians love to complain about the weather but expats will find that the city enjoys a pleasant climate with mild seasonal variations.

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