Cape Verde
24 to 28°C
3282 hours
sunshine per day
153 mm
310 days
55 days
0 days

Climate of Cape Verde

Located off the coast of West Africa, Cape Verde has a mild, subtropical climate year-round. It is tempered by trade winds blowing from the northeast or southeast. As a result, the temperature does not vary much during the year. Cape Verde's climate is generally warm and sunny all year round and has 2 seasons, a dry season and a rainy season.

Climate averages for the whole year

  • Day: the average daily temperature during the day is between 24°C and 28°C
  • Night:the average nighttime temperature is between 21°C and 26°C
  • Sea temperature: the sea temperature is between 22°C and 27°C
  • Rain: it rains 55 days and there is a total of approximately 153 mm rainfall
  • Sun hours: throughout the year there are 3282 sun hours
Maximum temperature: between 24°C and 28°C
Warmest month: 28°C in August
Coldest month: 24°C in January
Night temperature: between 21°C and 26°C
Sea temperature: between 22°C and 27°C
Dry days: 310 days
Days with rain: 55 days
Days with snow: 0 days
Total rain sum: 153 mm
Hours of sunshine: 3282 hours

Dry season

The dry season lasts from November to July and has little rain and low humidity. This is the busiest time of the year for tourism, so beaches and other popular tourist areas will be much busier than usual. However, the weather is perfect for exploring all that Cape Verde has to offer, so it is definitely worth considering a visit during this period.

Rain season

The rainy season lasts from August to October and is characterised by high temperatures and humidity, and heavy rains. Rain showers are usually short but can be heavy, and they often fall in the afternoon or evening. If you are in Cape Verde during this period, be aware that some roads and infrastructure may be affected by the rain.

Temperature graph

This graph shows the average maximum temperature (red) and minimum temperature (blue) for Cape Verde.

Precipitation graph

This graph shows the average amount of rainfall per month for Cape Verde.

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Climate table of Cape Verde

In this climate table you can see at a glance what the average weather per month is for Cape Verde. The data has been collected over a 30-year period, from which an average per month has been derived. From year to year the differences may be larger or smaller, but with this climate table you have a good idea of what the weather for Cape Verde might be like in a given month.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°C) 24 24 24 24 25 25 26 28 28 28 27 26
Night temp. (°C) 22 21 21 21 22 23 24 25 26 26 25 23
Water temp. (°C) 23 22 22 23 23 24 25 26 27 27 26 24
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (mm) 1 2 1 3 1 4 4 32 50 42 10 3
Days with rain 1 2 2 4 1 3 6 12 13 7 3 1
Dry days 30 26 29 26 30 27 25 19 17 24 27 30
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 9 10 10 10 10 10 8 7 8 9 9 9
Wind force (Bft) 4 4 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 4 4
UV-index 6 6 6 6 6 6 7 7 7 7 7 6

Best time to visit Cape Verde

The best time to visit Cape Verde really depends on what you want to do while you are there. If you want to spend most of your time relaxing on the beach, the best time to go is between November and February. These months offer the most consistent weather, with cooler temperatures and little rain. However, this is also the busiest time of year in Cape Verde, so expect crowds and higher prices.

Cape Verde has more than 300 days of sunshine a year. So if you are looking for warm and sunny weather, Cape Verde is a great option for your next sun holiday.

If you want to spend your days at the beach, the months from December to July are ideal, as they have the warmest temperatures and the least rain. However, if you want to take advantage of lower prices and fewer crowds, November and June are a good option.

Best time for carnival in Cape Verde

Carnival is the biggest and best-known festival in Cape Verde and takes place three days before Ash Wednesday every year. It normally falls in February but can sometimes fall in March. Both months are perfect in terms of weather to experience this festival. Prices for accommodation are higher than usual though, so keep that in mind.

With its unique blend of Portuguese and African influences, Cape Verde has a culture all its own. And with year-round warm weather and beautiful beaches, it's no wonder Cape Verde is a popular tourist destination.

Climate of Cape Verde by month

What is the average climate in a given month for Cape Verde? Click on a month to see all monthly averages for sunshine, maximum and minimum temperatures, percent chance of rain per day, snowfall and number of rainy days.

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