On Sunday afternoon, if you looked up in Cape Town, you would have been greeted with a cotton wool filled sky – a beautiful sight to behold. Otherwise known as altocumulus clouds, they are a common occurrence in the City and make for picture perfect shots.

What is an altocumulus cloud?
This cloud’s name originates from latin words altus (which means high) and cumulus (which means a mass or heap). It forms between 2 – 7 kilometers in the sky, which makes it a middle-level cloud.

They occur like layers or patches of little clouds in the forms of rolls, bunches and heaps – like a sky filled with cotton wool balls. They are generally white or grey in colour.

What do these clouds mean?
Altocumulus clouds do not usually produce rain, but they are a clear indicator of a change in weather within a day or two. Which is spot on considering Cape Town is expecting rain tomorrow.

Check out these amazing pictures captured on Instagram:



A post shared by Flo? (@floquevenne) on






IT’S GLORIOUS ? #nature #capetown #clouds

A post shared by Sarah Haried (@sarharied) on


This place

A post shared by Edward Fisher (@mail4fish) on



Picture: Nidha Narrandes

Article written by

Nidha Narrandes

Nidha Narrandes is a food-obsessed travel addict with 21 years of journalism experience. Her motto - Travel. Eat. Repeat. She is happiest on a road to nowhere without a plan. A masterchef at home, she can't do without chilli - because chilli makes the world a tastier place.