Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate meaning it has warm, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Cape Town has a similar climate and temperatures to Sydney, Australia and Santiago, Chile because they are located on similar latitude lines. In Cape Town, Spring occurs in September, October and November, Summer occurs in December, January and February and Autumn is in April and May.
Summer in Cape Town is usually very warm and dry and humidity is at its lowest. The temperature in summer is usually between 25ªC and 35ªC. The warmest months in Summer are January and February. As Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate, there is very little to no rain during summer. However, there can often be light afternoon rainfall that helps to keep night temperatures cool. At night, it usually won’t get cooler than 14ªC. In coastal areas, the humidity is high and temperatures can sometimes hit 40ªC.
If visiting Cape Town in summer, it is important to bring sunscreen and a hat because the sun shines approximately 10.5hrs a day. Pack some swimming gear and head to Cape Town’s beaches to enjoy the summer sun. You can also go for a dive with Great White Sharks near Hermanus or go horseback riding, kite flying or surfing.
In Cape Town, Autumn has little wind, warm sunny days and warm nights, making it the best South African season. There is sometimes light rainfall during Autumn, keeping the environment comfortable. The temperature during Autumn are very calm. The average temperature is 20ªC in March and, in April, 18ªC.
During Autumn, the vineyards turn bright red, brown, orange and yellow. The slopes on the countryside turn gold and scarlet.
Autumn is the best season to visit the Cape Town vineyards. Many tourists choose to travel to the vineyards in Cape Town during this season and visit the wine farms for a weekend. There are also botanical gardens to see such as the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens.
Winter in Cape Town often has rain and winds, however, on some days temperatures may rise up to 25ªC. The average high temperature during Winter is 17ªC and the minimum is 8ªC. Rainfall is 82mm in August and 105mm in June. Sometimes in Cape Town, there are sudden ‘bursts’ of rain before the rain stops and random blasts of wind. The first explorers of the Cape Peninsula called it the ‘Cape of Storms’
The people from Cape Town have named winter the ‘secret season’ because the weather is unexpected during this time of the year. The vegetation soaks up the water from the rain, allowing it to bloom. To see the natural environment, you can climb Table Mountain and see the small waterfalls splashing against the mountainside.
When the temperature Cape Town begins rising again, spring has begun. Cape Town’s west coast is world famous for its colour flower display, making it a major attraction.
The weather in Spring is calm with average temperature between 15ªC in September and 17ªC in October. During the day, the temperature can often rise to 25ªC to 30ªC. The nights are rather cool but not too cold.
Spring in Cape Town is the best season for whale watching at Hermanus - the whale capital of the world - or Plettenberg Bay. It is also good for hiking because the sun is mild, the flowers are blooming and the wind is not too strong.