Cabo Verde – weather, climate and geography

Cabo Verde is an island country located in the central Atlantic Ocean. It is an archipelago made of ten main volcanic islands, though half of the country’s population lives on the largest of them – Santiago. Cabo Verde is populated by Portuguese-speaking people of West African origin, mostly Senegalese. It gained independence from Portugal in 1975 and since then it’s been one of the most stable and democratic countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Cabo Verde is definitely an interesting if unusual holiday destination, but before we decide for a visit we need to know what weather to expect. You can see how how the islands look like on the map below:

What is the climate of Cabo Verde like?

Cabo Verde has a hot desert climate with little rainfall only from August to October – which is enough for development of laurel forests on some islands, lush during the brief rainy season. At the same time due to oceanic influence the temperatures are milder than in neighboring African countries. The temperatures stay similar through the day, with the record low being ten degrees Celcius. On any day, the temperature will vary from 22 to 26 degrees Celcius, with the ocean being of similar temperature, thus making it convenient for beach holidays all year long.

What is the climate of Cabo Verde like? / photo: Manuel de Sousa

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