The Franschhoek

Weather Report

Autumn 2017

A 5 Day Weather Report for the Franschhoek Valley

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Wednesday 26 April

Overview

After a thundershower in the early hours, this morning remains mostly cloudy with a few showers expected. Cloudy skies in the afternoon with a 70% chance of continued thunder storms and showers with around 4mm of rainfall expected. Skies will clear in the evening before becoming mostly cloudy againthrough most of the night. No more rain is expected. Skies clear in the early hours.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
22°C
NNW
10 km/h
Afternoon
23°C
NNW
18 km/h
Evening
17°C
N
6 km/h
Overnight
14°C
NW
10 km/h

Thursday 27 April

Overview

Lovely weather with clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine with mild temperatures expected in the afternoon. Clear in the early evening with widespread high clouds drifting in through the late evening and overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
22°C
NNW
11 km/h
Afternoon
25°C
NW
13 km/h
Evening
17°C
E
10 km/h
Overnight
16°C
NNE
8 km/h

Friday 28 April

Overview

A partly sunny day with widespread high level clouds over the valley throughout the day and becoming somewhat hot through the afternoon hours. Skies gradually clear through the evening and then remain clear overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
26°C
N
6 km/h
Afternoon
30°C
NNW
13 km/h
Evening
22°C
E
11 km/h
Overnight
20°C
ENE
10 km/h

Saturday 29 April

Overview

A fine morning with clear skies and bright sunshine through most of the day and becoming quite hot through the afternoon hours. Skies gradually become partly cloudy in the late afternoon and remain partly cloudy in the evening. Mostly cloudy skies are expected overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
27°C
ENE
10 km/h
Afternoon
33°C
ENE
14 km/h
Evening
23°C
ENE
11 km/h
Overnight
20°C
ENE
8 km/h

Sunday 30 April

Overview

Quite cloudy in the morning, becoming mostly cloudy through the afternoon and evening. There is a 30% chance of light rain in the evening. Skies become mostly clear overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
24°C
ENE
6 km/h
Afternoon
28°C
WNW
11 km/h
Evening
18°C
NW
6 km/h
Overnight
16°C
NE
6 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.