The Franschhoek

Weather Report

Winter 2018

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.

 

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Tuesday 17 July

Overview

A mix of clouds and sunshine throughout the day with scattered mid level clouds drifting in over the valley. Mild temperatures are expected through the afternoon. Skies remain partly cloudy through the evening with a 20% chance of thunderstorms and a sprinkling of rain at times in places. Skies will gradually become mostly clear through the night.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
19°C
NNW
6 km/h
Afternoon
24°C
NW
11 km/h
Evening
15°C
ENE
6 km/h
Overnight
13°C
NNE
8 km/h

Wednesday 18 July

Overview

A fine day with clear blue skies and bright sunshine through the day. A few clouds will decorate the skies through the midday hours, mostly near the mountains. Mild temperatures will persist through the afternoon. Skies will remain clear in the evening and then scattered high clouds will drift in through the night. Skies should mostly clear of clouds by dawn.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
21°C
N
10 km/h
Afternoon
25°C
NNW
13 km/h
Evening
16°C
NE
5 km/h
Overnight
15°C
NNE
12 km/h

Thursday 19 July

Overview

Mostly clear and sunny skies with scattered clouds drifting in at times through the day. Another afternoon with mild temperatures is expected. Skies will remain mostly clear with clouds drifting off the northern mountains at times through the evening and overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
20°C
N
8 km/h
Afternoon
24°C
N
13 km/h
Evening
17°C
N
8 km/h
Overnight
15°C
NNW
12 km/h

Friday 20 July

Overview

Gorgeous weather with clear skies and brilliant sunshine throughout the day. Temperatures will cool off with skies remaining clear in the early evening and then becoming partly cloudy late in the evening and through the night. Skies will clear around dawn.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
19°C
NNW
10 km/h
Afternoon
23°C
NW
17 km/h
Evening
13°C
NNW
6 km/h
Overnight
11°C
N
8 km/h

Saturday 21 July

Overview

A nice day with clear skies and plenty of sunshine. It will be somewhat cooler through the afternoon then previous day. Skies remain clear in the evening and overnight.

Sunday will be a fine day indeed with mild temperatures through the afternoon. Monday will see clouds arriving in the afternoon ahead of a cold front. Rain is expected from Tuesday through to Friday.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
16°C
NNW
7 km/h
Afternoon
20°C
NW
13 km/h
Evening
14°C
N
7 km/h
Overnight
12°C
N
10 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.