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June weather in Somerset West

June 15, 2012

Hot days, rainy days, cloudy days and windy days…the weather in June seldom stays the same. This is what makes our winters here so unique – you will never have to worry about getting stuck indoors for days on end and the variation keeps things interesting throughout the month.

The Cape Town area is known for its mild Mediterranean climate which offers hot, clear summers and cooler winters that are still very mild in comparison to the colder northern hemisphere. The area is also known for its wide variation in weather conditions during every season – our “four seasons in a day”. In summer, this means the occasional rainy day amidst a week of solid heat. The varied climate really shows its benefit during winter however, bringing plenty of warm days to compensate for its colder days.

So, what can you expect from the weather here in June? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Average daily maximum temperature: 18 degrees C (64 degrees F)
  • Average daily minimum temperature: 8 degrees C (46 degrees F)
  • Average monthly rainfall: 93mm (3.7 inches)
  • Average days and nights: sunrise starts at about 07h45, and sunset begins at about 17h45.

The 21 June marks the official winter solstice, however the start of June signals the beginning of winter for most people who live here. Rainy days begin to be more frequent, with strong winds making things stormy. The good news is that the cold fronts generally do not last for very long. Many mornings may start out overcast and gloomy, only to turn clear and sunny by midday.

Clear days are typically mild and pleasant, making them perfect to be outdoors. As the sun does not beat down as hot as it does in summer, it is often warmer to be outside in the sunlight, than being indoors. The famous ‘table cloth’ can often be seen on top of  Table Mountain during June, with huge white clouds cascading down the slopes. The Cable Station does not operate when the weather is too cloudy or wet, so be sure to plan your trips up the mountain for clear days. Scuba diving and shark diving are both excellent during June, with good visibility on overcast days (that is as long as the winds are not too strong).

Towards the end of June, snow begins to fall on the mountains inland. Ceres is one of the most popular places to see the snow, with a lovely hour or two’s drive that also offers spectacular views of the countryside.


Recent years have seen the winter season become a mild alternative to the high-traffic tourist seasons. Although winter often includes many long, rainy days, today rain is interrupted by days of mild weather and beautiful sunshine. This new change of events is known locally as “Cape’s secret season”. Traveling during winter is more affordable than any other time and activities and events tend to be less expensive. If you are willing to take a chance on the weather, this is a good time of year to come.

What to Pack for June Holidays

You will want to bring along plenty of warm things of course, but you can also pack those shorts and t-shirts too. Layering is generally the best way to navigate the varied weather in June, so it is a good idea to have a few scarves and other items that can be removed as the day warms up.

As a final bit of advice – don’t assume that you won’t need to worry about sun protection during winter. Even if the weather seems overcast, the strong African rays of sunshine can still shine through the clouds.

Of course, we do have heating in all our guest rooms here at Penny Lane Lodge. And we keep a roaring fire going in our lounge / dining room. Always a joy to behold

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