The Franschhoek

Weather Report

Summer 2016

A 5 Day Weather Report for the Franschhoek Valley

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Friday 9 December

Overview

Cloudy skies with light rainfall at times in places throughout the day. Up to 5mm of rainfall is possible and it will be rather cool through the day. Skies remain cloudy in the evening with a bit of drizzle at times near the mountains. Skies then become partly cloudy overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
17°C
NW
16 km/h
Afternoon
18°C
NW
10 km/h
Evening
16°C
SSE
18 km/h
Overnight
14°C
ESE
16 km/h

Saturday 10 December

Overview

Scattered clouds are expected through the early morning hours, becoming fine and sunny through the rest of the day. A mild and somewhat warm afternoon is expected. Skies remain clear in the evening and overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
21°C
ESE
18 km/h
Afternoon
26°C
SE
18 km/h
Evening
18°C
SE
23 km/h
Overnight
14°C
ESE
14 km/h

Sunday 11 December

Overview

Summer weather returns with clear skies and strong sunshine through the day and becoming rather hot through the afternoon hours. Scattered clouds are expected over the southern valley only through the evening and overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
25°C
ESE
18 km/h
Afternoon
33°C
E
16 km/h
Evening
26°C
SE
14 km/h
Overnight
18°C
E
11 km/h

Monday 12 December

Overview

Mostly clear skies in the early morning and becoming partly through the morning hours and through the afternoon with clouds building in the late afternoon. Cloudy skies through the evening with no rain expected. Skies become partly cloudy overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
27°C
ESE
8 km/h
Afternoon
30°C
SSE
18 km/h
Evening
23°C
SE
23 km/h
Overnight
17°C
SE
16 km/h

Tuesday 13 December

Overview

Scattered clouds are expected through the early morning hours, becoming clear with bright sunshine through the rest of the day. A warm afternoon is expected. Skies remain clear through the evening and overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
23°C
SE
19 km/h
Afternoon
29°C
SE
21 km/h
Evening
22°C
SE
19 km/h
Overnight
16°C
ESE
13 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.