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Visiting Cape Town, South Africa in March

March 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.

March has average maximum temperatures of 26°C (78°F) which is very warm and perfect for sunbathing on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 69.2% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 8.5hrs making the days long and bright. March has total rainfall of 3.1cm (1.2inches) making it predominantly dry with occasional light showers on very few days. There are just 5.4 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of rain free clear days. Sea temperatures are a chilly 19°C (66°F). March is a little too cold to enjoy swimming in Cape Town for prolonged periods of time.

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

Also consider one of our other suggestions for March.

Can you sunbathe in Cape Town in March?

Yes, March is a good time for sunbathing in Cape Town.

March has average maximum temperatures of 26°C (78°F) which is very warm and perfect for sunbathing on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 69.2% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 8.5hrs making the days long and bright. March has total rainfall of 3.1cm (1.2inches) making it predominantly dry with occasional light showers on very few days. There are just 5.4 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of rain free clear days.

More about March temperature and sunshine.

Can you swim in Cape Town in March?

Probably not, March is a little too cold to enjoy swimming in Cape Town for prolonged periods of time with the sea water at 19°C (66°F).

More about March sea temperatures.

Is March a good time to holiday in Cape Town?

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

March has average maximum temperatures of 26°C (78°F) which is very warm and perfect for sunbathing on clear days. The sunshine percentage is 69.2% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 8.5hrs making the days long and bright. March has total rainfall of 3.1cm (1.2inches) making it predominantly dry with occasional light showers on very few days. There are just 5.4 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of rain free clear days. Sea temperatures are a chilly 19°C (66°F). March is a little too cold to enjoy swimming in Cape Town for prolonged periods of time.

More about the March temperatures and sunshine.

Is Cape Town warm in March?

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

The average maximum temperature in Cape Town in March is 26°C (78°F). The average maximum temperature is 27°C (80°) in the previous month and 23°C (74°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Cape Town in March is 20°C (69°F). The average temperature is 22°C (71°F) in the previous month and 18°C (64°F) in the next month.

More info about the March temperatures and sunshine.

How sunny is Cape Town in March?

The average day light hours per day in Cape Town in March are 12.3. The sunshine percentage is 69.2% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 8.5hrs making the days long and bright.

More about March sunshine.

Temperature in Cape Town in March

The average maximum temperature in Cape Town in March is 26°C (78°F). The average maximum temperature is 27°C (80°F) in the previous month and 23°C (74°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Cape Town in March is 20°C (69°F). The average temperature is 22°C (71°F) in the previous month and 18°C (64°F) in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in Cape Town in March is 15°C (60°F). The minimum temperature is 17°C (63°F) in the previous month and 13°C (55°F) in the next month.

Sunshine in Cape Town in March

During March the average day light hours are 12.3 per day in Cape Town. The sunshine percentage is 69.2% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 8.5hrs making the days long and bright.

The ultraviolet index in Cape Town in March is typically 9.8 during March. An ultraviolet index reading of 8 to 10 indicates a very high risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Unprotected skin risks burning in less than 15 minutes. Take extra precautions because unprotected skin and eyes will be damaged and can burn quickly. 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 March

The average sea water temperature in Cape Town in March is 19°C (66.2°F) which is comfortable for swimming though some may prefer warmer water.

Rainfall in Cape Town in March

The average total rainfall in Cape Town in March is 3.1cm (1.2inches) and on average there are 5.4 rainy days in March making it a quite rainy time to visit the beach.

Humidity in Cape Town in March

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in Cape Town in March is 16°C (61°F) which is OK for most but slightly uncomfortable for some. The dew point is 18°C (64°F) in the previous month and 15°C (15°F) in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in Cape Town in March is typically 90.8%. The maximum relative humidity is 89.8% in the previous month and 93.5% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in Cape Town in March is typically 71%. The average relative humidity is 70.5% in the previous month and 73.9% in the next month.

Wind Speed in Cape Town in March

The average maximum wind speed in Cape Town in March is typically 32KM/H (20MPH). The average maximum wind speed is 35KM/H (22MPH) in the previous month and 28KM/H (18MPH) in the next month.

The average wind speed in Cape Town in March is typically 17KM/H (11MPH). The average wind speed is 20KM/H (12MPH) in the previous month and 15KM/H (9MPH) in the next month.

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

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