Rainfall on Cape Verde
The Cape Verde Islands have two main seasons – a dry season and a wet season. The dry season is in the months of November through to July and the wet season between August to October. The wet season is not like that of a normal wet season as Cape Verde only averages around 1mm of rain daily throughout its rainy season.
Even though there are seen to be two seasons, the Cape Verde Climate tends to be warm and dry all year round.
The wet or rainy season in Cape Verde often produces very little rain but when it does it is usually between August and October. Islands with higher altitudes such as Santo Antao can also get rain in the later months of December, January and February. This is due to the Northeast Trade Winds.
Rainfall is so irregular, that it is still possible to get periodic droughts, which can often cause food and water shortages.
The Cape Verde Island of Sal, which is currently the holidaymakers favourite is one of the Islands that gets the least amount of rain with the average rainfalls as low 0.01 for April, May and June. When it does rain it can often be a downpour that delivers over 50% of its total annual rainfall in one go. When this happens locals and expats alike can be seen dancing in the streets.
Although the rainfalls are rare, the amount each Island receives can vary quite dramatically considering their relatively close proximately from one another. Rainfalls can vary from 5mm to 850mm throughout the islands.
See the Cape Verde Weather Chart at the end of this article. It shows detailed information related to average Monthly Rainfalls throughout the year.
Average Amount of Rainfall on Cape Verde – Per month
Weather Chart – Average Amount of Days Per Month that Receive Rainfall on the Cape Verde Islands
Weather Chart – Average Amount of Rainfall (mm) Per Month on the Cape Verde Islands