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Weather & climate in Cape Verde

The Cape Verdean archipalego knows an pleasant tropical dry climate all year round. The temperatures don't get as high as on the African mainland, because the ocean reduces the temperatures.

The desert islands Sao Vicente, Sal, Boa Vista and Maio have the highest temperatures and the least amount of rain. These closest islands to the African continent deal with a strong sun during the summer months.

The mountain islands Santo Antão, São Nicolau, Santiago, Brava and Fogo have got their own microclimate. The clouds and mist condensate against the steep mountainsides and provide the lands with water. The temperatures tend to be a little lower here.

Rain season Cape Verde

We can't really say that Cape Verde has a rainy season, since the amount of rainy days only varies between 6 and 18 days per year. The rain falls between August and October. The rains will be heavy with strong rain showers that tend to cause stormy days and floods (mainly in September).

The mountain islands have a bit more rainfall, but only on their North-east sides. Here you'll find green, tropical vegetation with small rivers and waterfalls with on the other side of the mountain a dry, barren moon landscape.


Wind season Cape Verde

The wind in Cape Verde is under influence of the Northeast trade-wind and mostly always blows from this direction. The wind is least present in the summertime between June and October. On windless days the temperatures rise and the sun will feel intenser. In the wintertime between November and March, the wind blows quite constant. The sea breeze creates a pleasant tropical winter climate with day temperatures between 21°C and 26°C.