What’s the weather like in Cape Verde in January?
Located in the North Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of North Africa, Cape Verde enjoys year-round sun. Even a holiday to the ‘African Caribbean’ in January guarantees lots of sunshine, and you’ll get hardly any rain at this time.
Cape Verde’s a tropical destination but rarely gets rain; only between August and October do some of its islands see rain showers. The most popular islands, Sal and Boa Vista, don’t get much rain at all. Thanks to the surrounding ocean, Cape Verde stays cooler than mainland Africa with sea breezes and trade winds keeping temperatures comfortable. Cape Verde’s quite flat so it’s fairly windy, which will keep you cool when you’re on the coast.
Sal has an average high temperature of 25ºC in January, with things staying quite warm in the evenings, so you won’t need to bring many warmer clothes. The sea temperature’s around 22ºC, while humidity’s low. Rainfall’s typically just 6mm over a single rainy day, and you can expect 11 hours of daylight with six hours of sunshine each day. UV levels will be very high so don’t forget to take sun cream. Sunset’s at 6.10pm at the start of the month and gradually gets later.
Things to Do
One of the big draws of Cape Verde is its fabulous beaches, which have crystal clear waters and soft white sands that are perfect for relaxing in the sun. Santa Maria beach on the south coast of Sal is beautiful, while Boa Vista has a few to choose from including Santa Monica. The slightly cooler January temperatures are great for exploring local markets such as the one in Santa Maria, while water sports such as diving, surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing are popular all year round.