Cape Town enjoys a glorious summer between November and March, making this the most popular time to visit. With around 14 hours of sunshine a day and temperatures averaging 25ºC, there’s no excuse not to explore all the city has to offer, from surfing at a postcard-perfect beach to conquering a mountain trail – or simply enjoying an alfresco lunch at one of countless sidewalk eateries.
Winter in Cape Town is characterised by mostly wet and windy days – it’s not called the Cape of Storms for nothing – with occasional temperate spells. June is the wettest month of the year, though the chilly weather generally persist right through August. Temperatures range between 7 and 20ºC. There’s still plenty to do over this time though, including taking advantage of the many restaurant specials and cosy firesides on offer.
Spring and autumn
You may hear Capetonians joking that the city has only two seasons, thanks to our blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spring (September/October) and autumn (April/May). But these in-between seasons have plenty to offer, including mild temperatures and some of the most awe-inspiring natural beauty you’ll see all year.
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