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Western Cape weather in December

Planning a journey to Western Cape this December and curious over the weather conditions to await? Your essential details are found on this page, answering your query:

What is the weather like in Western Cape in December?

Western Cape is a region in South Africa. In December, Western Cape experiences a range of weather conditions, with temperatures that range from pleasant to very warm and precipitation levels ranging from low to moderate.

Based on our climate data spanning from 1990-2020, the average maximum temperature is pleasant in Paternoster at 20°C to very warm in Piketberg at 31°C. Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 16°C in Piketberg and 17°C in Paternoster.

In December, precipitation varies across different areas. From low rainfall in Paternoster with an average of 8.5 mm to moderate rainfall in Natureʼs Valley with 57 mm. The city Cape Town usually sees around 334 hours of sunlight, indicating many sunny days.

To learn more about the conditions in specific areas of Western Cape in December, check out the map below. For more details on the yearly weather, visit our Western Cape climate page.

Where to go in Western Cape in December

Find more information for the most popular destinations in the Western Cape on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailes.

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Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20°C and 29°C and not too much precipitation (less than 90 mm a month).

Popular destinations

What is the weather like in December for the 5 most popular destinations in Western Cape?

Cape Town

In December Cape Town generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 24°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 16°C and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Cape Town
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22°C 
15°C 
310 hours 
37 mm 
5 days 
24°C 
16°C 
334 hours 
22 mm 
6 days 
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25°C 
18°C 
338 hours 
20 mm 
5 days 
Climate in Cape Town

Knysna

In December Knysna generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 23°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 17°C and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Knysna
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21°C 
15°C 
320 hours 
72 mm 
11 days 
23°C 
17°C 
345 hours 
51 mm 
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24°C 
18°C 
320 hours 
52 mm 
10 days 
Climate in Knysna

Stellenbosch

In December Stellenbosch generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 26°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 15°C and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Stellenbosch
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sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
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conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
24°C 
13°C 
310 hours 
46 mm 
5 days 
26°C 
15°C 
334 hours 
28 mm 
6 days 
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28°C 
17°C 
338 hours 
25 mm 
5 days 
Climate in Stellenbosch

Hermanus

In December Hermanus generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 23°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 17°C and low monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Hermanus
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precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
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conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
21°C 
15°C 
45 mm 
7 days 
23°C 
17°C 
30 mm 
6 days 
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24°C 
18°C 
28 mm 
6 days 
Climate in Hermanus

Plettenberg Bay

In December Plettenberg Bay generally has high temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 23°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 17°C and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Plettenberg Bay
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
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sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
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conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
21°C 
15°C 
320 hours 
70 mm 
10 days 
23°C 
17°C 
345 hours 
51 mm 
10 days 
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24°C 
18°C 
320 hours 
51 mm 
10 days 
Climate in Plettenberg Bay

Is your destination not in the list? Have a look at other destinations in Western Cape, in South Africa.

Is December the best time to visit Western Cape?

We consider December to be one of the best times to travel to Western Cape. Typically, the climate in Cape Town is perfect.

Generally speaking, the best visiting conditions can be found in January, February, March, April, May, October, November and December offering mostly perfect weather in Cape Town. The weather in July, on the other hand, tends to be unpleasant.

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