Weather in Cape Town, South Africa in May

So you're interested in going to Cape Town, South Africa in May

May is a warm and slightly rainy time for sunbathing in Cape Town. May is a little too cold to enjoy swimming in Cape Town for any length of time. Consider visiting Cape Town in the months of January, February, March, December, for the best beach weather. Also consider one of our other suggestions for May.

Temperature in Cape Town in May

The average maximum temperature in Cape Town in May is 20°. The average maximum temperature is 23° in the previous month and 18° in the next month.

The average temperature in Cape Town in May is 15°. The average temperature ranges is 18° in the previous month and 13° in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in Cape Town in May is 11°. The minimum temperature is 13° in the previous month and in the next month.

Sunshine in Cape Town in May

The average day light hours per day in Cape Town in May are 10.4 and there are 5.9 hours of sunshine per day on average during May making it a sunny month that is overcast at times.

The ultraviolet index in Cape Town in May is typically 3.9 during May. An ultraviolet index reading of 3 to 5 indicates there is a moderate risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Keep out of the sun during the strongest hours around midday when unprotected skin risks burning in less than 30 minutes. For the sensitive wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. Generously apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating. Tanning for hours is possible with the right application of sun cream. Watch out for relections from water that may increase ultraviolet exposure.

Sea Temperature in Cape Town in May

The average sea water temperature in Cape Town in May is 17.2° which is cool for swimming, shorty wetsuit may help you extend your time in the water.

Rainfall in Cape Town in May

The average total rainfall in Cape Town in May is 7.3cm and on average there are 11.7 rainy days in May making it a slightly wet time to visit the beach.

Humidity in Cape Town in May

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in Cape Town in May is 13° which is comfortable for everyone. The dew point is 15° in the previous month and 12° in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in Cape Town in May is typically 94.8%. The maximum relative humidity is 93.5% in the previous month and 94.2% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in Cape Town in May is typically 78.6%. The average relative humidity is 73.9% in the previous month and 77.3% in the next month.

Wind Speed in Cape Town in May

The average maximum wind speed in Cape Town in May is typically 27kmh. The average maximum wind speed is 28kmh in the previous month and 26kmh in the next month.

The average wind speed in Cape Town in May is typically 14kmh. The average wind speed is 15kmh in the previous month and 14kmh in the next month.

The average wind direction in Cape Town in May is from the North West.

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