The Franschhoek

Weather Report

Spring 2017

A 5 Day Weather Report for the Franschhoek Valley

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Temperatures are for the mid morning, mid afternoon (usually the high for the day), mid evening and then the lowest temperature overnight (usually around dawn). Winds are the average speed in these periods.

Friday 22 September

Overview

A mostly cloudy early morning, becoming cloudy later in the morning with a sprinkling of rain possible. Light rain at times is expected through the afternoon. Skies become partly cloudy through the evening hours and then mostly clear overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
12°C
WNW
13 km/h
Afternoon
15°C
W
18 km/h
Evening
9°C
SSE
16 km/h
Overnight
7°C
ESE
18 km/h

Saturday 23 September

Overview

A partly sunny day with scattered high level clouds becoming more widespread through the day. High level clouds remain through the evening and overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
14°C
E
20 km/h
Afternoon
20°C
E
15 km/h
Evening
12°C
ESE
14 km/h
Overnight
10°C
NE
8 km/h

Sunday 24 September

Overview

Partly sunny in the morning with widespread high level clouds. Low clouds gradually drift in through the afternoon becoming mostly cloudy through the evening hours. Cloudy overnight with light rain falling at times.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
19°C
NNW
12 km/h
Afternoon
23°C
WNW
20 km/h
Evening
13°C
WNW
14 km/h
Overnight
10°C
NW
15 km/h

Monday 25 September

Overview

A cloudy day with light rain through the morning and midday hours. Scattered showers are expected through the afternoon. Light rainfall is expected through the evening and overnight. Up to 13mm of rain is possible.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
11°C
WNW
22 km/h
Afternoon
12°C
WNW
25 km/h
Evening
9°C
WNW
15 km/h
Overnight
7°C
W
13 km/h

Tuesday 26 September

Overview

Mostly cloudy with light rain at times through the morning hours. Skies remain mostly cloudy through the afternoon, but with no more rain expected. Skies become partly cloudy in the evening and remain quite cloudy overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
10°C
WNW
15 km/h
Afternoon
13°C
W
17 km/h
Evening
9°C
W
7 km/h
Overnight
8°C
S
4 km/h

Franschhoek Climate

 

Franschhoek has a Mediterranean climate which is generally characterised by dry, hot summers and cold, wet winters.

In the summer the prevailing wind blows in from the south east. This cool wind, known as the Cape Doctor, brings much needed relief from the high temperatures of mid summer, however when it blows, it blows hard at gale force speeds. It is when this wind dies down and is replaced by a north east wind, that the weather starts to get very, very hot with temperatures exceeding 40°C on occasions, then one begins to long for the Cape Doctor's return despite it's blustery strength.

Autumn in Franschhoek is the most pleasant and beautiful season. With the south easterly wind fading away, it is a time of gentle winds from the north and south west. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold, in fact it's just perfect. What's more the valley comes alive with rich colours. Russet hues of red as the leaves of vines and trees wither and fall amidst emerging greens as the first rains bring new life to the dried up fynbos and grasses. The sultry and calm evenings make for a delightful dining experience on the patios of the many restaurants in the village.

Franschhoek winters are characterised by a procession of cold fronts marching across the valley, accompanied by heavy winds from the north west and torrential downpours, followed by scattered rain showers and icy winds from the south west bringing snowfalls at times on the mountains surrounding the valley. Interspersed between the grey and wet weather are glorious sunny and warm days with crisp clear blue skies and frosty mornings. The cold nights make for cosy evenings by the fireplace and duvets and blankets on the bed.

Spring in the Franschhoek valley brings an added lushness to the greenery of winter as the vines and trees begin to flower and sprout new leaves. In the early spring the cold fronts continue to come and can be particularly cold, as the cold south easterly wind begins to pick up as the fronts move off to the east. These fronts gradually weaken and fade as the sun moves into the southern hemisphere and the days become longer and warmer and drier. Soon it will be summer again, when once again we will long for the Cape Doctor to cool off those very hot days.