Climate and Average Weather in Cape Verde

The climate in Cape Verde is milder than that of the African mainland; because the islands are surrounded by the sea, temperatures are generally moderate. Average daily high temperatures range from 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit) in January to 29 degrees Celsius (84.2 degrees Fahrenheit ) in September. It does rain irregularly between August and October, with frequent brief very heavy downpours. Cape Verde's annual average rainfall is 261 mm (10.3 in) which makes the climate semi-desert. A desert is usually defined as terrain which receives less than 250 mm (9.8 in) of annual rainfall.

Cape Verde is an excellent destination to visit all year round. However if we are to designate a period as the best travel time for Cape Verde, then we suggest to go from November until the end of June. From the end of July to the end of October there is a period when the Barlavento Islands (including Sal and Boa Vista) can sometimes experience some rain. In addition, between mid-August and the end of September there is a very small chance of a tropical cyclone.

Interested in more detailed Weather and Climate information?
Please select the city below you wish to travel to, or the one closest to your destination. Each selected city will show you the following graphs:
1. Average minimum and maximum temperature over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
On certain pages we also offer other historical weather data like humidity, wind speed and water temperature.

Places in Cape Verde

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Islands of Cape Verde