Cape Town Weather October Averages, South Africa

    Cape Town Weather for October 2020

    What's the weather like in Cape Town in October

    Located along South Africa's southern coast, there are some incredible beaches close to Cape Town, however the colder weather that begins in May and June often keeps visitors from heading to the water throughout the winter months. In October, the air and sea temperature finally begins to rise and the wind is not as strong, so this month sees the first beach days.

    Sea Temperature

    The sea temperature reaches 17°C (63°F), up slightly from the average 16°C (61°F) in September.

    The ocean waters will continue to warm throughout the late spring and summer, and along with the clear, sunny days Cape Town transforms from trendy city to beach destination by December.

    Sunshine Hours

    October falls squarely within the spring season in Cape Town, which means the resort is warmer and drier than the previous months, just like it is in the smaller, seaside town of Hermanus. October is also known for clearer skies and stronger sunlight than the months before it. During October there is an average 9 hours of daily sunlight, up significantly from the 7 hours in September.


    The average temperature in October is 16°C (61°F), and visitors can anticipate that the warmest time of day will be at an average high temperature of 21°C (70°F). These warm, yet mild, temperatures are perfect for exploring the galleries and eateries throughout Cape Town.

    When the sun sets, the temperature in Cape Town also drops and the overnight temperature is a lot lower than during the day. Overnight the average low temperature is 11°C (52°F) at the resort, and visitors should prepare by packing a jacket or layers for the evening meal and after.


    October sees very little rain in Cape Town. There are still an average 9 rainy days throughout the month, but many of these are characterised by overcast skies rather than a lot of precipitation. Cape Town only receives an average of 40 mm of rain for the entire month of October. This is less than half the amount that is received in the wettest month of July. Finally, visitors are able to head outdoors without the threat of rain every day.

    Cape Town Hotels for October

    Trendy and refined, La Splendia is the perfect place for couples on holiday to welcome the warmer, spring weather in October. The hotel has a perfect location along the Mouille Point promenade near Cape Town's Victoria & Albert Waterfront and other seaside attractions. Glass, stark whites and pops of bright colour dominate the art-deco building and funky interior design. With many rooms having views over the Atlantic Ocean, this hotel is a flawless backdrop to a spring getaway in Cape Town.

    Visitors who are on a budget will find the Colors of Cape Town Lodge to be clean, friendly and an excellent value. Located in the quiet, oceanfront suburb of Milnerton Ridge, Colors of Cape Town Lodge is a great place to be away from the bustle of central Cape Town, but close enough to explore all the sights. The stunning beaches of Cape Town are also nearby. There are 10 guestrooms of various sizes, and this well-run guesthouse allows visitors to choose between a self-catered stay or bed & breakfast. Colors of Cape Town Lodge is great for any group of travellers, from families to backpackers.

    As spring truly begins in Cape Town, visitors and locals are eager to explore the natural wonders that surround the Mother City. Luckily, it is possible to stay in one of Cape Town's best natural attractions, Table Mountain National Park. The setting of Tintswalo Atlantic is difficult to beat, it is set within one of South Africa's eight world heritage sites, and embraces both its remote location and amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean. Any visitor who loves to be close to nature, without sacrificing comfort and sophistication, will love Tintswalo Atlantic.

    Bars and Restaurants

    The Victoria & Albert Waterfront (simply called the V&A Waterfront) is filled with places to shop and dine. Amongst the classic seafood places and sushi venues is Den Anker. The name is Belgian, and so is the amazing beer list, but the food is internationally inspired. There are even ever-changing South African specialties that are always worth trying. There is plenty of outdoor seating as the weather begins to warm, and the views across the harbour could keep visitors interested for hours.

    Visitors who crave some Asian food while visiting Cape Town would be wise to consider Chai Yo. This laidback Thai restaurant has the feel of a street stall with the options of a full-fledged menu. From dim sum to spring rolls, visitors can find any number of Asian dishes at this friendly café.

    Another Asian option is Hallelujah. The space is small, basically a hole-in-the-wall, but the small plates served at this delightful restaurant are packed with flavour. From steamed buns to ramen tacos, there are seemingly endless options of inspired and creative dishes.

    Things to do in Cape Town in October

    The International Kite Festival in Muizenberg takes place in October and is a fantastic place for the whole family to spend the day. During this charity event you can see some of the biggest and best kites in the world, as well as watch amazing flying displays. The proceeds go towards providing health services to adults and children in low-income neighbourhoods.

    Enjoy a wonderful horse riding experience at Noordhoek beach in Cape Town. This is a popular thing to do in October as it's warm and will most likely be sunny. There are many amazing routes all over Cape Town but this one has been voted as the favourite among tourists. 

    Chapman's Peak Drive aka 'Chappies' is a wonderful place to visit in October, it's on the Atlantic Coast between Hout Bay and Noordhoek in the Cape Peninsula. It has been named one of the most spectacular marine drives in the world. Everyone will love the majestic scenery here and it is definitely a recommended place to visit. 

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