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Best time to visit Cape May, NJ, USA

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The best time to visit Cape May is May

Based on all the essential things any traveller needs to know about visiting Cape May such as the cost of travel, weather, peak travel seasons and many more, May is the best time of year to go.

The warmest month of the year in Cape May is July, where the average temperature gets to around 26℃ (79℉), but temperatures can reach as high as 28℃ (82℉) on the hottest days in summer. The weather at night in the winter, which is around January-time, can get down to a minimum of -3℃ (27℉).

The days are longest in Cape May in July, so if you want to see the sights during the day when the sun is up for the longest time, it’s best to visit around that time of year. The wet season in Cape May usually falls during the months surrounding August each year. It’s not uncommon to get some decent rainfall or light showers during this time, but on some days the weather tends to be fine for a majority of the day, with only a few drops of rain falling from a passing shower.

Below you’ll find loads more detailed information about when to visit Cape May, 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

July

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

July

Cape May seasons

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

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

Average temperatures in Cape May

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 May 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 May 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 May 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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JUN
JUL
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OCT
NOV
DEC

Cape May in January

  • Average temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average high temperature: 5℃ (40℉)
  • Average low temperature: 0℃ (32℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 54mm (2") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape May in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Cape May in February

  • Average temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average high temperature: 5℃ (42℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 63mm (2") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 3 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape May in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Cape May in March

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 81mm (3") over 15 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape May in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Cape May in April

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 64mm (3") over 14 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

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


Cape May in May

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 86mm (3") over 17 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

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


Cape May in June

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 78mm (3") over 15 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

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


Cape May in July

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 77mm (3") over 17 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape May in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Cape May in August

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 89mm (4") over 15 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape May in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Cape May in September

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 66mm (3") over 13 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape May in September, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.

Cape May in October

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 83mm (3") over 13 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

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


Cape May in November

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 64mm (3") over 9 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

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


Cape May in December

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 80mm (3") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Cape May in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Cape May is usually July, 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 May is generally around January. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in January first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Cape May is generally around August, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of August too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Cape May, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

Cape May map