Weather in Cape Town

Capetonians love to complain about the weather but expats will find that the city enjoys a pleasant climate with mild seasonal variations. Located on the Cape Peninsula close to the southern tip of Africa, expats will enjoy the city's Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers (December to February) and mild, wet winters (June to August).

Summer is often characterised by a strong south-easterly gust known as the Cape Doctor, and temperatures that peak in mid-February. Winters, on the other hand, receive frequent cold fronts and storms with lashing rain and powerful north-westerly winds.

The amount of sunlight the city receives significantly varies throughout the year. In late December the sun can set as late as 8pm and rise as early 5.30am. By contrast, it often only rises after 7am at the height of winter and can set as early as 6pm.

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