Living in Cape Town is a special and unique experience it is however in many ways defined by its’ weather. Being a city with so many outdoor activities, the citizens of the fair Cape acutely aware tot eh slightest change in the direction of the wind.
Cape Town has a love hate relationship with the weather and at certain times of the year it dominates the conversation in a way that would put the English to shame. Residents of the Mother City relish in discussing the wind direction, speed and the effect this might have on the swell and surf conditions. It can be daunting for visitors and tourists find it difficult enough, however those coming to Cape Town long term, to attend an English language course or to look for work in Cape Town can find it especially difficult to keep up with the multitude of wind directions which Cape Town residents have learned to read like a book.
The reason tourists very seldom find the weather in Cape Town to be a confusing, daunting or holiday ruining element is that the majority of tourists visit Cape Town during the peak summer period experience the stillest warmest of days. When you wake up its warm and when you go to bed it’s warm, during these glorious months predicting the weather is practically a walk in the park.
However when one decides to reside in Cape Town for a period of several months as a student of a Cape Town language school, one learns more than just a foreign language, one learns to tell very quickly which direction the wind is coming from, as this is the most reliable prediction of what type weather you can expect. The wind is by no small means as much a part of Cape Town as the mountain, the sea and the plastic coat hangers one can purchase at the traffic lights all over the Mother City. Generally speaking the Cape Doctor blows from the South East during the summer months and is called the Cape Doctor for its ability to clear the Cape Flats of any air pollution, it is also known as the Black South Easter, due to the fact that with the right conditions it can cause heavy black cloud to form over the Table Mountain and the City, these seldom bring rain however.
If you are worried about the rain when staying in Cape Town studying an English language course, then the wind to look out for is the North West, which blows predominantly during the winter months and according to meteorological records is far stronger and is known to be far more destructive than the South Easter.
The wind in Cape Town however is not all doom and gloom and is in fact the source of much recreation, which are worth taking advantage of if one finds oneself living in Cape Town studying at an English language school or living as a foreign language student, outdoor activities and learning new sports are a fantastic way to make new friends. The most obvious and relatively new sport which relies heavily on the wind is Kite Surfing, when the South Easter blows as it will in no uncertain terms head up to Blouberg on the west coast, on the type of day that would normally chase others in doors the sky will be filled with large aerofoil kites and the water will be filled with wind hardened Capetonians riding both the waves and the air.
Cape Town is a remarkable and unique place to live and the opportunity to study at one of the fine English language schools should not be passed up.