Cape Doctor

Cape Doctor

"Cape Doctor" (usually The Cape Doctor) is the local name for the strong, persistent and dry south-easterly wind that blows on the South African coast in summer (around Christmas in this hemisphere). It is known as the Cape Doctor because it has long been held to clear Cape Town of pollution and 'pestilance'

Although the wind smites a wide area of the sub-continent, it is notorious especially in and around the Cape Peninsula, where it can be unpleasantly strong and irritating. The 'Cape Doctor' is to some extent an obsolescent term; many now simply call it the "South-Easter". 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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