The Cape Verde weather is excellent for beach and mountain holidays. Because they lie in the Trade Winds belt with its gentle Atlantic swell, Cape Verde offers perfect conditions for sailing, kite or windsurfing. The climate is tropical and dry with warm temperatures throughout the year, ranging from 24ºC to 30ºC, making the Islands of Cape Verde almost 10ºC warmer than the Canary Islands in the winter months.
There are two main seasons; the rainy season from August to October, when sudden but spectacular rainstorms can punctuate the hot sun, and the dry season from December to June when the trade winds blow with more intensity.
Figures for rainfall can be quite misleading as they are considerably different on each island. Sal, Boa Vista and São Vicente islands receive almost no rain while on some of the higher peaks on Santo Antão and Fogo there can be up to 2 meters of rainfall a year, making them lush and green.