Seasons in Cape Verde

Cape Verde is the small republic located on archipelago in West Africa of the same name. It consist of 10 greater island and several small each with its own features of relief and climate. However they can be roughly grouped by types. Flat lands and sand beaches are prevailing in eastern part of the country while western islands have mountains with valleys and volcanos.

Climate of the country is dry tropical. There are only two seasons instead usual four. Temperature is between 21 and 29 °C (70-84 °F) year-round without rapid shifts. From August to October there is season of showers and rest of a year is dry.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Cape Verde

At spring average temperature of air in Cape Verde is about 25 °C (77 °F). At March this is higher edge of range of temperatures while at may average maximum moves to 27 °C (81 °F). In terms of precipitations spring months are exceptionally dry. Even one rainy day is unlikely. Water warms up to 22-23 °C (71-73 °F) so seaside activities are rather comfortable.

At spring nights are almost equally warm as days. Temperature drops by only 3 or 4 °C (≈7 °F). Considering temperature range and features of dry season spring can be recommended time to visit Cape Verde.

The climate of the spring months

(Praia)

March
Max average t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Min average t°: +19.5 °C (67 °F)
Water t°: +22.5 °C (72 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 1.1 mm (0.04")
April
Max average t°: +28 °C (83 °F)
Min average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Water t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 2.1 mm (0.08")
May
Max average t°: +28.5 °C (83 °F)
Min average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Water t°: +23.5 °C (74 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0.6 mm (0.02")

Spring holidays

May 1 – Labour Day.

Summer in Cape Verde

Summer brings some sort of warming to the country. Average temperature range moves another couple of degrees up and now its peak is at 29 °C (84 °F) at August. June and July are only slightly cooler. Water of the Atlantic Ocean at first warms up to 24 °C (75 °F) at June and then gradually gains temperature to 26 °C (79 °F) at August.

In terms of precipitation summer is almost as dry as spring was except August when some rains fall at 1-3 rainy days. Yet in Santa Antoe, Santa Lucía and San Vicente even they aren’t expected. Looking ahead it should mentioned that Cape Verde is good for vacation at any time of year.

The climate of the summer months

(Praia)

June
Max average t°: +29.5 °C (85 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (71 °F)
Water t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 2.8 mm (0.1")
July
Max average t°: +29.5 °C (85 °F)
Min average t°: +22.5 °C (73 °F)
Water t°: +25.5 °C (78 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 5.5 mm (0.2")
August
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Water t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 49 mm (1.9")


Summer holidays

June 1 – Children's Day.

July 5 – Independence Day.

August 15 – Assumption (Day of Our Lady of Grace).

Autumn in Cape Verde

At September rainy season comes to the country but with no typical tropical showers. Rains in Cape Verde are light, warm and short. Many travelers find them enjoyable. These features of precipitation are appropriate to season considering September is the hottest month of a year. Occasionally temperature even rises above 30 °C (86 °F).

At October rainy season continues and lasts to last dates of November. Temperature range starts its descent in slack chart of annual average marks. Roughly said state of weather at the end of autumn is same as at the beginning of summer.

The climate of the autumn months

(Praia)

September
Max average t°: +31 °C (87 °F)
Min average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Water t°: +27.5 °C (81.5 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7.5 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 69 mm (2.7")
October
Max average t°: +31 °C (88 °F)
Min average t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Water t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 44 mm (1.7")
November
Max average t°: +30 °C (86 °F)
Min average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Water t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 26 mm (1.0")

Autumn holidays

November 1 – All Saints' Day.

Winter in Cape Verde

December is perfect for good vacation. Temperature is in most comfortable state, water is still warm and pleasant for swimming. The hottest 27 °C (81 °F) will be only in Praia and Santiago the rest of the territory is little piece of heaven. Precipitation of any type is unlikely to the very autumn.

January is equally great for vacation in Cape Verde while at February air temperature still and water is too cool to be considered as perfectly suitable for swimming. Yet taking to account minor annual changes of temperature there is no actually bad time to go to the country.

The climate of the winter months

(Praia)

December
Max average t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Min average t°: +21 °C (69 °F)
Water t°: +25 °C (77 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 7.2 mm (0.3")
January
Max average t°: +26.5 °C (80 °F)
Min average t°: +19.5 °C (67 °F)
Water t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 1.9 mm (0.08")
February
Max average t°: +27 °C (81 °F)
Min average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Water t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 3.5 mm (0.1")

Winter holidays

December 25 – Christmas Day.

January 1 – New Year's Day.

January 13 – Democracy Day.

January 20 – Heroes' Day.