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About the weather in Cape Town and the current
Cape Town weather forecast,

Check up on the current Cape Town weather forecast on this page. The weather in Cape Town and the Peninsula consists of fantastic mediterranean summers, cool and wet winters.

It differs considerably from the weather in the rest of South Africa, which is characterized by its summer rainfall during the summer months of December to February.

The Cape Peninsula features Mediterranean kind of climate conditions, receiving the largest part of its rainfall over the winter period June, July, August and to September.

Although the winters are generally wet, windy and cool, they have their own beauty with the vegetation regaining its green freshness and the weather elements having their way.



Ligtning over Cape Town and Table Mountain
The Weather in Cape Town and Peninsula, Cape Town Weather Forecast
Photograph by Glen Kasner

The Weather in Cape Town and Peninsula, Cape Town Weather Forecast - Ligtning over Cape Town and Table Mountain

Moving in eastward from across the Atlantic Ocean, a succession of depressions are bringing in cool weather with strong north-westerly winds and often heavy rain. Average temperatures during the winter tend to range between 7°C (45°F) and 17°C (63°F).

The Weather in Cape Town and Peninsula, Cape Town Weather Forecast - Thunderstorm over Blouberg Beach and Milnerton
Thunderstorm over Blouberg Beach and Milnerton
Cape Town and Peninsula weather, Cape Town Weather Forecast
Photograph by Warrenski

The summer season which lasts from November through to March is warm and dry with very little rain. It is dominated by what is known as the Atlantic-High, which is a high-pressure system situated over the South Atlantic ocean to the west of the Cape coast.

It causes strong south easterly winds known as the “Cape Doctor” or “South Easter” because it clears the sky from air pollution. Average temperatures tend to range between 19°C (66°F) and 35°C (95°F)

The Weather in Cape Town and Peninsula, Cape Town Weather Forecast - Clouds (Tablecloth) on Table Mountain, a sign of the South Easter blowing
Clouds (Tablecloth) on Table Mountain, a sign of the "South Easter" blowing
The Weather in Cape Town and Peninsula, Cape Town Weather Forecast
Photograph by Danie van der Merwe

An interesting phenomenon is the influence the mountainous topography of the Peninsula has on the overall weather system, in creating micro- or sub-climates in the region, which can differ dramatically between places at relatively short distances.

You can start off with beautiful weather in the one place, only to end up in misty, rainy and windy cool conditions at another place 20, 40 or 60 kms away.

Current weather forecast for Cape Town and the Cape Peninsula








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