Cape Verde Weather
The Cape Verde Islands are located in the tropics, 1800km north of the equator. Unlike more temperate climates, CV only experiences two seasons. There are the windy dry season (The Tempo das Brisas) and the rainy season (Tempo das Chuvas). The latter is quite short, usually just August and September. CV sometimes has a dry mist (Bruma seca) partially due to Saharan sand in the atmosphere. The Cape Verde weather is lovely all year round. The best time to go to Cape Verde depends upon what you wish to do, but the high season is December and January.
The weather in Cape Verde averages temperatures of around 26ºC during the day. The Cape Verde climate offers visitors long periods of warm sunshine. For most of the year, humidity is relatively low. September is usually the hottest month, when the temperature can rise to about 35ºC. The months of January and February can be the coolest, when temperatures can drop to around 21ºC, and occasionally as low as 16ºC at night.
Slightly stronger winds are found between November and March. For those visiting the islands for surfing or kite surfing, etc., the wind means bigger waves in some resorts. Hurricanes are not unknown in Cape Verde, but they are rare. They usually form, or seed, close to Cape Verde, but then they move west towards the Americas. As they travel west they strengthen and in fact they hardly ever hit the archipelago.
Where to check the weather
Cape Verde weather forecasts can be checked on a number of sites. AccuWeather.com and the BBC are two we use. Below we have summarised the Cape Verde weather month by month.
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Cape Verde Weather Month By Month
- JanuaryThe weather in Cape Verde in January is likely to be the coolest that you will experience. Although the temperatures will still be very pleasant reaching up 28ºC with an average of about 24ºC. The rainfall will be low, if any, but it can be a windy month. The temperature at night can be under 20ºC. The sea temperature averages around 23ºC. There can be odd sand storms, but these are short-lived and should not adversely affect your day. They normally last no longer than about 20 minutes.
- FebruaryIn February weather in Cape Verde is lovely. You can expect an average temperature of around 24ºC or 25ºC, and like January, the sea will average 23ºC, so excellent for partaking in all the water sports that are on offer. About 7 hours of sunshine per day can be expected, but it can also be windy. February is also the time to visit the islands if you wish to enjoy some of the festivals that take place, including Carnival.
- MarchThe March weather in Cape Verde is also very pleasant. The hours of sunshine per day will increase to about about 9 and temperatures will provide an average of 25ºC. Rainfall will be a rare event. For water sports enthusiasts there will still be wind for surfing and kite surfing etc., but the wind drops after March.
- AprilIn April, the temperatures will be similar to March in Cape Verde, reaching an average high of 25ºC, but the wind will be dropping. Enjoying the magnificent beaches and swimming in the warm seas, which remain at about 23ºC, will be pleasant and inviting. This is a lovely time to visit this interesting and varied group of islands.
- MayIn May you can experience lovely weather in Cape Verde with temperatures on the rise, including the sea temperature rising to 25ºC, so excellent for enjoying the beaches. Rainfall will be minimal and the average daytime temperature is likely to be around 26ºC, with a maximum of about 30ºC.
- JuneBy June the temperatures in Cape Verde are rising even more. The average daytime temperature being about 27ºC and the lowest 22ºC. Rainfall is negligible and the winds are starting to reduce further. Still a good time for the beaches, or relaxing by the swimming pool.
- JulyIn July the temperatures in Cape Verde continue to rise with an average daytime high of 28ºC. The sea is also warmer averaging 26ºC. There is small likelihood of getting a heavy shower, being the first rains of the season.
- AugustThe weather in August becomes hotter with average daytime highs of 29ºC, and the average low temperature being about 23ºC. However, this is also one of the wettest months, with up to 53mm of rain spread over about 6 days; there can be heavy showers on occasions. The sea, however is likely to be beautifully warm with temperatures up to 27ºC.
- SeptemberSeptember is the wettest month in Cape Verde, and humidity is higher; however, it is also the warmest month with average daytime highs of 30ºC and average night lows of 24ºC. The rain fall can rise to about 77mm spread over about 7 days. If the humidity and potential rainfall don’t worry you, there is a music festival on the island of Sal, in Santa Maria and also festivities for National Day amongst other events.
- OctoberBy October the rainfall is easing off again and there is very little wind. The average daytime temperatures are 28ºC and average lows of about 23ºC. The weather is less certain in October with occasional storms, but rainfall is normally only expected on about 4 days during the month and reduces to about 53mm over the month.
- NovemberNovember in Cape Verde is the start of the windy season, but daytime temperatures still average a high of 27ºC and a low of 23ºC. So a lovely time for some winter sun. For those interested in surfing in all its various forms, this is the start of the big waves. For others the wind should not put you off, it is a lovely time to visit and the humidity has dropped and so has the expected rainfall, which reduces to about 9mm for the month.
- DecemberDecember brings Christmas and the lovely warm dry weather in Cape Verde is ideal if you want to spend Christmas Day on the beach. An average high temperature of 27ºC and an average low of 20ºC and minimal rain makes this a great time to visit these fascinating islands, such as Maio, Sal, Santo Antão, Santiago, Boa Vista, São Vicente, Fogo, São Nicolau and Brava.
- In ConclusionAs you can see there is a season for everyone. To add to this mix many of the islands are different, providing varied topography and microclimates. For example, although rain is extremely rare between October and August some of the mountainous islands such as Santo Antão are high enough to generate their own weather. If you go to the Valley of Paúl in the north east you will still find lush vegetation, even when it hasn’t rained on the rest of the islands for 10 months.
This gives Cape Verde wonderful diversity and should provide something for everyone.