The Franschhoek

Weather Report

Spring 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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Monday 19 November

Overview

Clear, but hazy skies and plenty of sunshine through the day with very warm temperatures through the afternoon hours. Skies remain clear through the evening and then become cloudy overnight. No rain is expected.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
25°C
WNW
12 km/h
Afternoon
29°C
WNW
17 km/h
Evening
21°C
WNW
10 km/h
Overnight
15°C
NW
7 km/h

Tuesday 20 November

Overview

A mostly cloudy day with light showers commencing sometime in the morning. Rain will continue to fall at times through the day and into the evening hours, especially over the southern valley near the mountains. Skies remain cloudy in the south overnight, but with only a sprinkling of rain expected.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
18°C
S
11 km/h
Afternoon
19°C
S
18 km/h
Evening
14°C
SSE
17 km/h
Overnight
11°C
SE
14 km/h

Wednesday 21 November

Overview

A few clouds about in the early morning hours, otherwise clear skies and bright sunshine throughout the day. The afternoon will be fairly cool in the south and mild over the northern valley. Skies remain clear in the evening and overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
16°C
ESE
16 km/h
Afternoon
20°C
SE
19 km/h
Evening
16°C
SE
17 km/h
Overnight
11°C
ESE
12 km/h

Thursday 22 November

Overview

A day of lovely weather with clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine throughout the day. Mild to warm temperatures are expected through the afternoon hours. Skies remain clear in the evening and overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
22°C
ESE
13 km/h
Afternoon
27°C
SE
18 km/h
Evening
17°C
SE
16 km/h
Overnight
12°C
E
10 km/h

Friday 23 November

Overview

More fabulous weather with a few scattered clouds about in the morning, otherwise clear skies and strong sunshine through the day and becoming somewhat hot through the afternoon. Skies remain clear in the evening and overnight.

Pleasant weather is expecte over the weekend.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
25°C
E
6 km/h
Afternoon
31°C
SW
15 km/h
Evening
20°C
SE
12 km/h
Overnight
14°C
ESE
8 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.