In the words of the Capetonians, Cape Town may pass through all four seasons in a single day. However, the weather is more often than not quite pleasant and the area provides a variety of activities to suit every condition. The summer months (December - February) are dry and average a maximum temperature of 26°C (79°F) and a minimum of 16°C (61°F). The strong South-Easter wind (nicknamed the Cape Doctor for blowing the smog away from the city) is also at its most active during this period, infamous among Capetonians for its wicked hat thievery and sunbathing interruptions.
Cape Town is a winter rainfall region. Temperatures rarely fall below 7°C (44.6°F), with an average maximum of 18°C (64°F). However, the further inland you travel, the cooler conditions will get. Though initially called ‘the Cape of Storms’, Cape Town’s misty drizzles can hardly rival the pyrotechnic thunderstorms that occur in the northern regions of South Africa. The light showers can actually be very beautiful and quite pleasant, still allowing for a variety of outdoor activities (if you do not mind a bit of dampness). Rainfall in the winter months (June - August) averages between 70 - 90mm.
The passages of spring and autumn are hardly noticed in the Cape, serving more as mild appendages to the other seasons. Thus, depending on your desired itinerary, any time is a good time to visit the Mother City. The Cape’s waters are characterized by the cold Benguela, a northward flowing current that maintains temperatures of around 13°C on the Atlantic seaboard side of the peninsula and 17°C in the warmer False Bay area.