The Cape Doctor

During the spring and well into the summer Cape Town is smacked by an intense south-easterly wind known locally as the Cape Doctor, “die Kaapse dokter” in Afrikaans. The strong, persistent and rather irritating south-easterly wind blows on the South African coast from False Bay and funnels through to Cape Town and Blouberg. It is known as the Cape Doctor because it clears Cape Town of pollution and ‘pestilence’, offering an amazing clear sky view of the Mother City and as well as clean crisp air.

An ironic fact is that the meteorological records for Cape Town show that the north-west winds of winter can be far stronger and more destructive than the south-easter.

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