The Franschhoek

Weather Report

Autumn 2017

A 5 Day Weather Report for the Franschhoek Valley

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Wednesday 22 March

Overview

The heat wave continues although it will be a little cooler than yesterday. Clear skies and sizzling sunshine throughout the day and hot conditions in the afternoon. Clear skies and a very warm evening is expected and skies remain clear overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
30°C
WNW
3 km/h
Afternoon
35°C+
WNW
17 km/h
Evening
25°C
SSE
8 km/h
Overnight
20°C
NNW
5 km/h

Thursday 23 March

Overview

With the heat wave over, expect clear skies and bright sunshine with warm conditions in the afternoon. Skies become mostly cloudy in the evening with a 30% chance of light rain. Up to 3mm of rain is possible. Skies gradually become partly cloudy overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
24°C
WNW
12 km/h
Afternoon
27°C
WSW
21 km/h
Evening
17°C
S
18 km/h
Overnight
13°C
SE
18 km/h

Friday 24 March

Overview

Partly cloudy in the early morning and gradually clearing through the late morning leaving clear and sunny skies through the rest of the day. A coolish afternoon is expected. Mostly clear with a few clouds about in the evening and becoming clear overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
17°C
SE
18 km/h
Afternoon
22°C
SE
23 km/h
Evening
15°C
ESE
19 km/h
Overnight
12°C
ESE
14 km/h

Saturday 25 March

Overview

A fine day with a few clouds drifting off the southern mountains over the southern valley in the morning, otherwise, clear skies and bright sunshine through the day with pleasant warm temperatures through the afternoon hours. Skies remain clear in the evening and mostly clear overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
23°C
E
14 km/h
Afternoon
27°C
NE
14 km/h
Evening
19°C
ESE
12 km/h
Overnight
17°C
NNE
10 km/h

Sunday 26 March

Overview

Excellent weather with scattered high clouds in the early morning and clear sunny skies through the rest of the day and quite warm temperatures in the afternoon. Skies remain clear in the evening and overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
24°C
NNW
20 km/h
Afternoon
28°C
W
21 km/h
Evening
18°C
SSE
23 km/h
Overnight
14°C
SE
18 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.