Weather in Cape Town in September

Is September a good time to visit Cape Town?

September is a great time to visit Cape Town. Cape Town’s spring weather is perfect for visitors wishing to enjoy this scenic city without having to compete with large numbers of tourists or the multitudes of summer visitors typical of the December and January period in Cape Town. September’s weather in Cape Town is warm with a few rainy days. The wind generally takes the form of a light breeze and the spring flowers and scenery are sure to impress.


Climate in Cape Town in September

Cape Town experiences a mild climate in September with longer days, less rain and rising temperatures as the remnants of winter are shaken off. The number of daylight hours in Cape Town during September rises from eleven and a half hours at the beginning of the month to twelve and a half daylight hours by the end of September. While there are some rainy days in Cape Town in September, this decreases dramatically. Temperatures in Cape Town in September fluctuate between 9 and 20°C (48 and 67°F). The wind is blustery rather than gale force as it changes from a predominantly north-westerly direction to the south-easterly wind typical of Cape Town’s summer months.


What's on in Cape Town in September

One of the most popular reasons for visiting Cape Town in spring are the flower festivals. There are a number of great flower festivals a short day trip from Cape Town. Some of the most popular festivals take place along the West Coast, particularly in Clanwilliam, Darling, Tulbagh and Caledon. September is a great time to view whales and their calves at the Hermanus Whale Festival. The Franschoek Uncorked festival also takes place in spring, visitors can enjoy live entertainment, wine tasting and art exhibitions. Visitors, particularly those travelling with children, can also take part in strawberry picking in and around the cape winelands.


What to pack for a holiday in Cape Town in September

Visitors to Cape Town in spring should pack for all seasons. Raincoats and rainy weather clothes are essential, as are cool summery clothes for the warm spring days. Evening functions and restaurants generally require smart casual clothes, but jeans and a light jersey will easily suffice at most late night venues. A light raincoat or jacket is essential in Cape Town as the weather often changes quite quickly and many capetonians will tell you that the weather can even change depending on which side of Table Mountain you’re on!


We are here in Cape Town in September

The weather is as we expected - hit and miss. We have had a couple of terrible days, with driving rain, but other than that it has been ideal - lovely bright skies, no wind (which you do get in the summer months) and warm but not baking temperature (around 20'C). Note that the tourist season has already started and many hotels are full and you need to book the better restaurants. We couldn't get a booking for the Robin Island trip.