CLIMATE GUIDE & ENVIRONMENT

CAPE TOWN ENVIRONMENT & SEASONS

Cape Town offers over 3,000 hours of sunshine per year - exceeding Athens or Madrid and close to that experienced in Los Angeles. With such an appealing climate, ‘winter’ (June to August) in Cape Town is mild with an average temperature of 18.0 °C, and the summers (December to March) are generally warm (26.0 °C on average), dry and sunny.

It can get hotter when the Berg (‘Mountain’) wind blows in from the Karoo during February or early March. The temperature begins to fall in April, and as the autumn begins to set in the forests of Constantia and Newlands come alive with colour.

Average Temperatures & Rainfall

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

16—26°C
61—79°F

16—27°C
61—81°F

14—25°C
57—77°F

12—23°C
54—73°F

9—20°C
48—68°F

8—18°C
46—64°F

7—18°C
45—64°F

8—18°C
46—64°F

9—19°C
48—66°F

11—21°C
52—70°F

13—24°C
55—75°F

15—25°C
59—77°F

15mm
0.6in

17mm
0.7in

20mm
0.8in

41mm
1.6in

68mm
2.7in

93mm
3.7in

82mm
3.2in

77mm
3.0in

40mm
1.6in

30mm
1.2in

14mm
0.5in

17mm
0.7in

Jan

Feb

Mar

16—26°C
61—79°F

16—27°C
61—81°F

14—25°C
57—77°F

15mm
0.6in

17mm
0.7in

20mm
0.8in

Apr

May

Jun

16—26°C
61—79°F

16—27°C
61—81°F

14—25°C
57—77°F

15mm
0.6in

17mm
0.7in

20mm
0.8in

Jul

Aug

Sep

7—18°C
45—64°F

8—18°C
46—64°F

9—19°C
48—66°F

82mm
3.2in

77mm
3.0in

40mm
1.6in

Oct

Nov

Dec

11—21°C
52—70°F

13—24°C
55—75°F

15—25°C
59—77°F

30mm
1.2in

14mm
0.5in

17mm
0.7in

Flora & Fauna

Uniquely, there are 16 nature reserves within the boundaries of Cape Town itself - and of course around the city you’ll find some of the most abundant flora and fauna imaginable.

The beautiful Table Mountain National Park, covering 22,000 hectares, contains more plant species than the whole of Great Britain.

The Cape Floral Kingdom, which includes Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site - the smallest and richest recognised floral area in the world with 9,600+ species - 70% of which occur nowhere else!