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Visiting Cape Town, South Africa in December

December is one of the best months to visit Cape Town for the best beach weather. It has the most sunshine and best sunbathing and swimming conditions of the year.

December has average maximum temperatures of 25°C (78°F) which is very warm and perfect for sunbathing on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 71.5% making it sunny and pleasant most of the time. The hours of sunshine per day are 10.3hrs making the days very long and bright. December has total rainfall of 0.6cm (0.2inches) making it extremely dry with very few light showers and most days are rain free. There are just 4.5 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of rain free clear days and rainy days are few and far between. Sea temperatures are a cool 20°C (68°F). December is a slightly chilly month for swimming in Cape Town.

Also consider visiting Cape Town in one of the other best months of January, February, March, for the best beach weather.

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Can you sunbathe in Cape Town in December?

Yes, December is a great time for sunbathing in Cape Town.

December has average maximum temperatures of 25°C (78°F) which is very warm and perfect for sunbathing on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 71.5% making it sunny and pleasant most of the time. The hours of sunshine per day are 10.3hrs making the days very long and bright. December has total rainfall of 0.6cm (0.2inches) making it extremely dry with very few light showers and most days are rain free. There are just 4.5 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of rain free clear days and rainy days are few and far between.

More about December temperature and sunshine.

Can you swim in Cape Town in December?

Yes, December is a a slightly chilly month for swimming in Cape Town with cool sea temperatures 20°C (68°F).

More about December sea temperatures.

Is December a good time to holiday in Cape Town?

Yes, December is a great time for a holiday in Cape Town.

December has average maximum temperatures of 25°C (78°F) which is very warm and perfect for sunbathing on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 71.5% making it sunny and pleasant most of the time. The hours of sunshine per day are 10.3hrs making the days very long and bright. December has total rainfall of 0.6cm (0.2inches) making it extremely dry with very few light showers and most days are rain free. There are just 4.5 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of rain free clear days and rainy days are few and far between. Sea temperatures are a cool 20°C (68°F). December is a slightly chilly month for swimming in Cape Town.

More about the December temperatures and sunshine.

Is Cape Town warm in December?

Yes, Cape Town is very warm and perfect for sunbathing on clear days in December.

The average maximum temperature in Cape Town in December is 25°C (78°F). The average maximum temperature is 23°C (74°) in the previous month and 27°C (80°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Cape Town in December is 21°C (69°F). The average temperature is 19°C (65°F) in the previous month and 22°C (71°F) in the next month.

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How sunny is Cape Town in December?

The average day light hours per day in Cape Town in December are 14.4. The sunshine percentage is 71.5% making it sunny and pleasant most of the time. The hours of sunshine per day are 10.3hrs making the days very long and bright.

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Temperature in Cape Town in December

The average maximum temperature in Cape Town in December is 25°C (78°F). The average maximum temperature is 23°C (74°F) in the previous month and 27°C (80°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Cape Town in December is 21°C (69°F). The average temperature is 19°C (65°F) in the previous month and 22°C (71°F) in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in Cape Town in December is 16°C (61°F). The minimum temperature is 14°C (57°F) in the previous month and 17°C (63°F) in the next month.

Sunshine in Cape Town in December

During December the average day light hours are 14.4 per day in Cape Town. The sunshine percentage is 71.5% making it sunny and pleasant most of the time. The hours of sunshine per day are 10.3hrs making the days very long and bright.

The ultraviolet index in Cape Town in December is typically 13.6 during December. An ultraviolet index reading above 11 indicates an extreme risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Unprotected skin risks burning in less than 10 minutes. Take all precautions because unprotected skin and eyes can burn in minutes. Tanning will be safest before 10am and after 4pm but only with a good application of sun screen. For those with sensitive skin stay in the shade and 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. Watch out for relections from water that may increase ultraviolet exposure.

Sea Temperature in Cape Town in December

The average sea water temperature in Cape Town in December is 19.8°C (67.6°F) which is comfortable for swimming though some may prefer warmer water.

Rainfall in Cape Town in December

The average total rainfall in Cape Town in December is 0.6cm (0.2inches) and on average there are 4.5 rainy days in December making it a very dry time to visit the beach.

Humidity in Cape Town in December

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in Cape Town in December is 16°C (61°F) which is comfortable for everyone. The dew point is 15°C (58°F) in the previous month and 17°C (17°F) in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in Cape Town in December is typically 86.5%. The maximum relative humidity is 88.4% in the previous month and 87.9% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in Cape Town in December is typically 66.7%. The average relative humidity is 68.5% in the previous month and 68.5% in the next month.

Wind Speed in Cape Town in December

The average maximum wind speed in Cape Town in December is typically 37KM/H (23MPH). The average maximum wind speed is 35KM/H (22MPH) in the previous month and 36KM/H (22MPH) in the next month.

The average wind speed in Cape Town in December is typically 21KM/H (13MPH). The average wind speed is 19KM/H (12MPH) in the previous month and 21KM/H (13MPH) in the next month.

The average wind direction in Cape Town in December is from the South-Southwest.

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