The Western Cape has dry, sunny summers (December to March) where average temperatures are warm to hot – in some regions it can reach 40°C. It is often windy, and the southeasterly ‘Cape Doctor’, which buffets the Cape, can reach gale force and cool things down. Winters (June to August) can be cool, with average minimum temperatures around 7°C, and maximums around 19°C, though there are still warm, sunny days dotted around. There is plenty of winter rain, and occasional snow on the higher peaks. As you head north from Cape Town, things become progressively drier and hotter. Along the southern coast the weather is temperate.