The Franschhoek

Weather Report

Autumn 2017

A 5 Day Weather Report for the Franschhoek Valley

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Tuesday 23 May

Overview

Clear but hazy skies this morning with a few scattered high clouds at times. Skies remain mostly clear through the day with scattered high level clouds drifting in through the late afternoon Gusting strong winds are forecast for the afternoon. High clouds become widespread through the evening. Skies will gradually clear through the night, but becoming partly cloudy with low clouds in the early hours.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
23°C
NW
10 km/h
Afternoon
27°C
NW
29 km/h
Evening
16°C
NW
18 km/h
Overnight
11°C
NW
16 km/h

Wednesday 24 May

Overview

Mostly cloudy through the morning hours and then cloudy through the afternoon. A sprinkling of rain is possible in the late afternoon. Skies remain cloudy in the evening, but no rain is expected to fall. Skies will clear through the midnight hours and then become cloudy again in the early hours.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
16°C
NW
11 km/h
Afternoon
19°C
WNW
13 km/h
Evening
15°C
N
3 km/h
Overnight
12°C
E
3 km/h

Thursday 25 May

Overview

Another cloudy day with no rain forecast through the day. It will remain cloudy with a 30% chance of light rain falling through the evening and a 40% chance overnight no more than 1mm is expected.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
15°C
N
3 km/h
Afternoon
20°C
W
11 km/h
Evening
14°C
WNW
6 km/h
Overnight
12°C
NW
8 km/h

Friday 26 May

Overview

The expected good rains have vanished in the forecast. It will be cloudy with a 50% chance of light rain showers at times through the day and early evening, however only 3 or 4 mm of rain is expected at most. Skies become partly cloudy overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
13°C
NW
8 km/h
Afternoon
15°C
WNW
14 km/h
Evening
10°C
W
10 km/h
Overnight
8°C
W
5 km/h

Saturday 27 May

Overview

Mostly cloudy and cold with a 50% chance of light rain through the late morning and early afternoon hours. Around 2mm of rain is expected through the day. Mostly cloudy in the early evening with a chance of drizzle, becoming partly cloudy later in the evening and clearing overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
10°C
WNW
7 km/h
Afternoon
13°C
WSW
14 km/h
Evening
11°C
SSW
6 km/h
Overnight
7°C
ENE
5 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.