Climate at the Cape of Good Hope
Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate that is influenced by the cold Atlantic Ocean. There are not a lot of temperature fluctuations within a year. The summer months (December to April) are dry and warm with average daytime temperatures of 25-30 degrees Celsius.
The winter months (June to September) are quite mild in comparison to the winters in Northern Europe but there is a lot of rainfall. The daytime temperatures rarely fall below 10 degrees Celsius. However, the mornings can be crisp and cool.
Stormy weather at the Cape of Good Hope
The „Cape Doctor“ or “South Easter” (strong wind from a southeastern direction) is sweeping through Cape Town and over the Cape Peninsula, especially during the summer months. These wind gusts can be quite strong.
The weather at the Cape of Good Hope can change very quickly – especially in winter. You might leave your accommodation when the sun is shining and the sky is blue but you arrive at a very cloudy, cool and windy Cape of Good Hope (or the other way round).
In winter you should always take a pullover and a jacket with you. A scarf would also be helpful. If you want to go hiking you should wear sturdy shoes to avoid slipping on wet stones or rocks.
In summer you should definitely think of your sunscreen, sunglasses and probably a base-cap (a sun hat could get lost in the wind easily). There is a reason why the Cape of Good Hope is also called “Cape of Storms”.