The climate of Cape Verde
Cape Verde or the Republic of Cape Verde is an archipelago off the
coast of the Western Africa. Cape Verde is a popular winter sun
destination, because of the pleasant climate it is even one of the
better beach holiday destinations during the winter. The archipelago
consists of 10 islands in total. The most popular islands to spend
your holiday on are: Santiago, Sal, Sal Rei and São Vicente. Based on
precipitation figures the climate of Cape Verde cannot be classified
as a warm desert climate. Based on long term figures Cape Verde has a
warm steppe climate (type BSh according to the Köppen climate
classification). Because rainfall is changeable it may occur that
based on precipitation figures of a year with very little rainfall the
climate should be classified as a desert climate during some years
(250 millimeters of annual precipitation).
Climate information of places and areas in Cape Verde
The climate information on this page is only brief. Specific
information about weather and climate can be found on the climate
pages per area or town. As for Cape Verde the following climate
information is available:
Sunny and dry
An important characteristic of Cape Verde is that it is dry during
quite a number of months and the sun shines exuberantly. Especially
from February till June it is very sunny and chances of rain are
almost nil on the beaches of Cape Verde. This is why Cape Verde is
very popular among Europeans as a sunny destination in spring when the
weather in Europe is too unstable for a sunny holiday. During the
winter daytime temperatures are 24-25 degrees Celsius on average and
29-30 degrees Celsius in September. During the winter night time
temperatures are 18-19 degrees Celsius; during the summer 23-24
degrees Celsius. When a cold wind blows during the winter you may need
a sweater or a cardigan during the evening.
Influence of the Sahara
Cape Verde is situated on the same degree of latitude as the Sahara,
one of the warmest and driest areas in the world. Because of the
influence of the ocean the weather in Cape Verde is much more
pleasant. The relatively cold water which is supplied by the Canary
Current tempers most of the heat. However, during the winter it may
occur that warm and sandy air from the Sahara reaches Cape Verde. When
this occurs temperatures may increase rapidly. The sandy clouds cause
an unpleasant atmosphere that often dissolves within 24 hours. This
Harmattan may occur from November till March.
Throughout Cape Verde several climate figures and temperatures can
be recorded. The figures below are for the capital Praia and cannot be
seen as an average for the country. Please, visit the individual
climate pages for climate records on other places in Cape Verde.
More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of
the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time.
How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can
often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate
information per month. The figures below can are for the capital
Praia. Please, visit the individual climate pages for climate records
on other places in Cape Verde.
The information at this site was carefully composed from climate data collected by meteorological services, meteorological offices, climate experts and other sources. “More climate info” is based on statistics, climate data and personal experience. No rights can be derived from this site. Weather has no memory and gives no guaranties. Nothing is as changeable and unpredictable as the weather. The authors of this site feel in no way responsible for any damages caused by misinterpretation or other circumstances that may influence your holiday or trip to a certain destination. We provide information, it’s up to the reader to use it to it’s benefit.