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Best time to visit Cape Town, South Africa

Our verdict

The best time to visit Cape Town is June-September

Cape Town is a place lots of people visit almost all year round, but if you’re looking for the best time to go, June-September is definitely the time you should visit. This is based on a number of factors such as the weather, cost of flights and accommodation, peak travel periods and more.

In the height of summer, temperatures in Cape Town can reach a maximum of 28℃ (82℉). In the winter months, it can get down to as low as 9℃ (47℉) at night.

If you’re keen to see the sights of Cape Town during the day, the sun stays up the longest around December. You don’t want to get wet on your holiday, do you? Well if you’re trying to avoid the rain, then steer clear of Cape Town in June. Head over there in February instead if you want to increase your chances of not being rained on.

Below you’ll find loads more detailed information about when to visit Cape Town, including a monthly climate breakdown, what to pack, and loads of tools and recommendations to help you find flights and accommodation to suit your budget.

Warmest month

February

Least rainfall

February

Most daylight

December

Cape Town seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Cape Town as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Cape Town is in the Southern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer December to February
Autumn/fall March to May
Winter June to August
Spring September to November

Average temperatures in Cape Town

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Cape Town for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Cape Town climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Cape Town for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Cape Town in January

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 69%
  • Average sunny days: 23 days
  • Average rainfall: 9mm (0") over 7 days
23 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape Town in January, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Cape Town in February

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 68%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 7mm (0") over 5 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape Town in February, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Cape Town in March

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average humidity: 70%
  • Average sunny days: 23 days
  • Average rainfall: 11mm (0") over 7 days
23 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape Town in March, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Cape Town in April

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average humidity: 68%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 32mm (1") over 9 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape Town in April, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Cape Town in May

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (67℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 46mm (2") over 11 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape Town in May, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie.


Cape Town in June

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 95mm (4") over 14 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape Town in June, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Cape Town in July

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 56mm (2") over 10 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape Town in July, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Cape Town in August

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 65mm (3") over 13 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape Town in August, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Cape Town in September

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 37mm (1") over 12 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape Town in September, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.

Cape Town in October

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 29mm (1") over 9 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape Town in October, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Cape Town in November

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 69%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 18mm (1") over 7 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape Town in November, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Cape Town in December

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 68%
  • Average sunny days: 23 days
  • Average rainfall: 16mm (1") over 6 days
23 days
of pure sunshine
6 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape Town in December, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Cape Town is usually February, where temperatures tend to rise to around 26℃ (79℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Cape Town is generally around February. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in February first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Cape Town is generally around June, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of June too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Cape Town, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in December are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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