Averages for Cape Town in February

Cape Town's location on the south coast of South Africa means the increasingly popular tourist destination enjoys a Mediterranean climate. The summer months in Cape Town are hot and dry, and February is the hottest time of the year to visit.

The summer months in Cape Town stretch from December through to March, while cooler weather sets in from April through to November. In February, temperatures can reach a sizzling 29°C (84°F) as the average high temperature. During the hottest p...

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  • Temperature Temperature 23°C 73°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 26°C 79°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 16°C 61°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 10.24 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 20 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 5 days
  • Sea Temperature Sea Temperature 21°C 70°F

Cape Town's location on the south coast of South Africa means the increasingly popular tourist destination enjoys a Mediterranean climate. The summer months in Cape Town are hot and dry, and February is the hottest time of the year to visit.

The summer months in Cape Town stretch from December through to March, while cooler weather sets in from April through to November. In February, temperatures can reach a sizzling 29°C (84°F) as the average high temperature. During the hottest part of the day, which is normally midday or late afternoon, visitors should plan to stay out of the sunshine to avoid heatstroke and sunburn.

The evenings in Cape Town are cooler, and the average low temperature drops to 16°C (61°F), the same as in January. Meanwhile, pleasant mornings and evenings are perfect for dining al fresco and exploring the outdoor attractions around Cape Town. The average temperature for the month of February is 23°C (73°F).

The beaches near Cape Town are stunning, and there is no better time of year to enjoy time on the sand. February is the perfect time to escape the city streets for swimming, as the average sea temperature is the warmest of the year at 21°C (70°F).

There is plenty of sunshine during the summer months of December, January, February and March, with a collective average of 10.5 hours of daily sunlight. The month of February has an average 10 hours of daily sunlight, and the long days are perfect for outdoor activities and fun in the sun.

February experiences the least amount of precipitation of the year in Cape Town. With an average 20 mm of rain, visitors can expect most days of holiday to be dry and cloudless. Historically, Cape Town only has an average 5 wet days during the month of February.

Where to Stay

The late summer weather of February creates the perfect atmosphere and energy in Camps Bay, a wealthy and upscale neighborhood in Cape Town. Camps Bay is right on the water, and many of the hotels and guesthouses situated here offer stunning views across the blue water. One of the best options in Camps Bay is the Sea Five Boutique Hotel. This small, intimate hotel has 7 rooms that are located 300 meters from the ocean. While the location and view from the guestrooms' private terraces steal the show at this "beach house," every room has been carefully decorated, down to the smallest detail. Therefore, inside and out this boutique hotel is a fantastic place to stay.

A short 4-minute walk is all that is between guests at the South Beach Camps Bay hotel and the sea. Locate in the upscale oceanfront neighborhood of Camps Bay, this apartment-style hotel offers guests amazing beach access and incredible views across the water. There are only 9 apartments at this contemporary property, and each has large windows that face the Atlantic. The apartments are self-catering and the extra space and proximity to the beach can make a huge difference on your holiday.

Traveling on a budget? It is hard to beat a stay at the first ever backpackers in South Africa. The Backpack opened in 1990, and this hostel has been amazing host to travellers ever since. Colorful, bright and clean, even after coming on 30 years, The Backpack is everything a hostel should be – and more. Plus, the location in the city center is ideal for exploring the city streets and sandy beaches of Cape Town.

What to Do

The hot summer days are starting to fade, and visitors to Cape Town in February should make the most of the sunny weather that is left. Start with a trip to Boulders Beach. This beach is not for sunbathing, but is the chosen home and breeding ground of hundreds of African penguins that frolic in the waves. 

February is also an amazing time for outdoor events. Across the city there are rock concerts, outdoor cinemas and other events that are fun for the whole family. The Cape Town Folk N Acoustic Festival takes place in the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens at the start of the month and Jazz on the Rocks is an annual event in the Cape Columbine Nature Reserve at the end of February.

Hit the Beach

Cape Town is home to some of the world's most beautiful beaches. The 4 beaches at Clifton are prime examples. There is a different vibe at each of these popular destinations. The first beach is usually filled with those who have dogs and wanting a more relaxed environment, while the beautiful people of Cape Town frequent the second beach, and those who visit. The third of Clifton's beaches is known for the vibrant gay community that vacations along it shores and the last of this string of beaches is home to the local teenagers of Cape Town.

Where to Eat & Drink

The Savoy Cabbage is situated in a historic and beautiful building from the 18th century. Despite the location's historic past, the menu at Savoy Cabbage is contemporary and forward thinking. The chef, staff and owners of this interesting restaurant are focused on providing a dining experience where each detail is looked after. As well, the menu changes daily, which allows the chef and staff to be creative.

Be certain to make a reservation at Kloof Street House, as this is one of the standout places on Cape Town's most popular street. The garden is decorated with fairy lights and the interior equally beautiful and inviting. On Sundays throughout the summer, and well into the autumn, Kloof Street House has live jazz music. The scene at this eatery is equal parts refinement and heart.

Another Kloof Street staple is the Bombay Bicycle Club. Funky, slightly odd and interesting – just like Kloof Street itself – the Bombay Bicycle Club is a popular haunt for locals, and is sure to make visitors feel like insiders. This bar is open late, so be prepared to stay up past your bedtime and give into the bohemian and "anything goes" spirit that permeates throughout this venue.

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