The typical weather featured in Cape Verde, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, is characteristically tropical. Unlike a typical tropical climate though, this island group features almost no rainfall at all for nine months of the year and the remaining three months still experience low rainfall levels. Only slightly more than 180mm is spread over what is called the wet season of August, September and October. This is even less than what other popular beach destinations, such as Turkey, Italy and Cyprus, receive in terms of rainfall in only one month during their wettest time of year.
Throughout a typical day in Cape Verde, one will experience average temperatures of 24°C in June, 26°C in July and 27°C in August, September and October, providing a year round exceptional climate. The lowest annual averages are no less than 23°C and are recorded from January through May. The weather featured in Cape Verde suffers from very little seasonal variation but temperatures will get slightly cooler around late-November and will warm back up again in early June. Sunshine hours are, surprisingly, lowest throughout the summer (the wet season) whilst the rest of the year has a stable number of hours of sunshine, with annual figures ranging between 6 and 9 hours per day. For a live forecast, you are advised to visit this page.
São Pedro (São Vicente) Cape Verde.
Summer weather in Cape Verde is very warm during both the day and night. Nighttime temperatures linger at a very pleasing 21°C to 24°C as the soothing ocean breeze helps relieve the hot days’ humidity levels. In the afternoons, the mercury climbs to high temperatures between 26°C and 29°C. The overall average temperature ranges from 24°C to 27°C, attesting to the minimal range in temperature in this gorgeous resort.
September is the warmest month of the entire year, with August and October closely behind. Summer is one of the two warmest periods of the year—the other one is autumn, see below—and it is also by far the wettest time of the year. Particularly the late-summer and early-autumn months of August, September and October tend to be very wet compared to the other months of the year.
June, the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, is one of Cape Verde’s driest months as a very tiny 1mm of rainfall is seen during this month. There are also only 4 days with precipitation. Precipitation throughout July still remains very minimum, averaging only 11mm. August and September tend to see more rainfall; however the amounts are still very small in comparison to any other tropical climate. September, the wettest month of the whole year, doesn’t receive more than 77mm of rainfall in the course of the month, while there are also only 7 days with precipitation.
The temperature of the Atlantic Ocean reaches its annual maximum in summer, at which it remains until autumn is almost over. The sea temperature averages approximately 26-27°C this season, an absolutely perfect temperature for swimming and cooling off.
In terms of sunshine hours, summer is, surprisingly, the least sunny of all seasons. With only 5 hours of sunshine per day, August is the cloudiest month of the whole year. July and September have 6 sunshine hours per day on average. This relatively low number of sunshine hours is due to the fact that late summer is the wettest, and therefore also the cloudiest, time of the year.
Nonetheless, summer holidays in Cape Verde are an example of a true beach vacation as tourists spend most days soaking up the hot sunshine and enjoying the pleasing temperatures of the sea. While rain showers do occasionally happen, they tend to be quite short and will always make room for blue skies and plenty of sunshine afterward.
São Pedro - São Vicente Cape Verde.
Autumn, which includes the months of September, October and November is, together with late-summer, the wettest part of the year. This statement, however, has to be taken with a big grain of salt, for it really isn’t wet at all. It is merely the only time of year that it actually rains a little bit, as opposed to the other seasons that are simply bone-dry.
Autumn is also the warmest season, with September and October averaging 27°C each day and peaks of 29°C. November’s average temperature is 26°C. In terms of sunshine, autumn is an average season, with 6 or 7 hours of sunshine per day on average.
If you want to escape the chilly winter climates typical to the United Kingdom and other northern European countries, a vacation in Cape Verde may be your ideal solution. The climate is known to turn slightly cooler after nightfall but certainly nothing that will hurt the thick English skin. December and January are the resort’s coolest months. This is when the islands will see bare minimums of no colder than 18°C during the night and average high temperatures of 24°C or 25°C during the day. These “winter” temperatures are almost too perfect to be believed for anyone living in northern Europe. It is for this reason that this archipelago is such a popular destination in mid-winter.
Sea temperatures drop from the annual high of 27°C in the summer to around 23°C in January and February. This average sea temperature will remain the same through to May. Although it may be the heart of winter in Europe, the resort will still offer the opportunity to bask in the sun and go for swims in the ocean. In fact, this is possible all year round!
Sunshine hours are long during the winter months as well, ranging anywhere from 6 to 7 hours each day. Both numbers aren’t too far above the annual minimum, nor below the annual maximum, which shows how stable the weather is in this region of the world.
Winter is a ridiculously dry time of the year, as are spring and early-summer. The total amount of rainfall that hits the islands’ beaches is no higher than 6mm over a period of three months—December, January and February. And there are merely 8 days with rainfall this season.
Spring is the driest season of the year in Cape Verde—March, April and May do not receive more than barely 1mm of rainfall. There are 3 or 4 days with precipitation in each month proving that those rain showers are extremely brief and insubstantial.
Because the temperatures are still very, very comfortable and the Atlantic Ocean pleasantly warm, spring is a marvellous time to visit the islands. Additionally, the spring months are also the sunniest, averaging 8 to 9 hours of sunshine per day on average.