Cape Town Weather Basics


It must be said that the mother city usually has no common decency to keep your hair in the same style that you walk out the house with. Winds in Cape Town Weather Basics have been known to reach up to excessively Gale-force speeds and the nickname for these types of insane winds that blow you round the corner without you lifting a foot is ‘the Cape Doctor’. There have been severe storms which are mainly linked to cold front and low pressure systems that move from the West to the East, however these occur mainly in the Winter months.

The entire Western Cape area is known as the windiest place in South Africa, and its pin point area is Cape Point, the strongest gust of wind ever experienced in South Africa, was felt in 1984, on the 16th of May and measured a staggering 186km/h. Coupled with the stormy months of Winter, there have been incredible instances where  the Cape has been hit by unpredictable weather resulting in insane storms that either flood everything and cause car accidents or prevent travelling at all. However most of the storms including the verocious hail storm of June 2013, happen out of the norm. There is no fixed terror in the weather except ‘The Cape Doctor’, that usually shows up in Winter along with the rain and the dark and heavy cumulonimbus clouds.

The majestic icon of Cape Town, Table Mountain is affected largely by exceedingly hot and dry temperatures coupled with stong winds that reach up to 60 knots / hour, and these weather conditions have turned the mother city upside down with distress. The areas that have been affected in the past with raging fires are Tamboerskloof, Oranjezicht, Vredehoek, Gardens and the surrounds. There have been instances where the top of Seap Points houses were forced to be evacuated due to impending danger from the unpredictable flames that leapt dozens of metres into the air.

Cape Town is usually a fair and fantastic place to visit in the Summer months, warm and temperate with clear blue skies framing one of the most beautiful cities on our blue planet. The beaches are fantastic in the summer and there usually is no need for a jersey or pullover unless there is an odd nippy evening in the forecast. It is to be taken into account that the hottest day in Cape Town reached a grand all time high of 39.3 degrees in 1932, however this was peaked in 2015 where some parts of the Western Cape reached 44.4 degrees celsius, and some home owners tweeted that their gages read 50 degrees celcius. This and other weather extremes have been a once off random experience and over all the mother city provides good weather with no impending life threatening storms on a regular basis.

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