The Franschhoek

Weather Report

Winter 2017

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.

Monday 21 August

Overview

A cloudy morning ahead of the cold front with a sprinkling of rain possible at times through the midday and early afternoon hours. Light rain in places is expected through the late afternoon. There will be widespread showers and heavy falls of rain possible in places through the evening hours. Overnight will see scattered showers. Up to 17mm of rainfall is expected.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
11°C
NNW
14 km/h
Afternoon
14°C
NW
25 km/h
Evening
11°C
WNW
18 km/h
Overnight
8°C
W
14 km/h

Tuesday 22 August

Overview

Cloudy skies with a few scattered showers through the morning hours and some light rain and drizzle through midday. Mostly cloudy with drizzle patches at times in places possible, but unlikely, through the afternoon. Skies remain mostly cloudy with no more rain expected through the evening and becoming partly cloudy overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
10°C
W
18 km/h
Afternoon
12°C
WSW
16 km/h
Evening
9°C
NW
8 km/h
Overnight
7°C
NW
13 km/h

Wednesday 23 August

Overview

Partly cloudy skies through the morning and midday hours, gradually becoming mostly cloudy through the afternoon. Cloudy skies with scattered showers are expected through the evening and part of the night. Up to 5mm of rainfall is expected. Skies remain quite cloudy in the early hours.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
8°C
NW
18 km/h
Afternoon
11°C
NW
24 km/h
Evening
10°C
WNW
11 km/h
Overnight
8°C
S
8 km/h

Thursday 24 August

Overview

Mostly cloudy through most of the day with no rainfall expected. Skies gradually becomwe partly cloudy in the late afternoon and then mostly clear through the evening. Partly cloudy skies are expected overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
9°C
SSE
10 km/h
Afternoon
12°C
SE
16 km/h
Evening
8°C
SE
8 km/h
Overnight
5°C
ESE
6 km/h

Friday 25 August

Overview

A fine late winters day with a few scattered clouds in the early morning hours and then becoming clear with bright sunshine throughout the rest of the day. It will remain cool through the afternoon. Skies remain clear through the evening and overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
9°C
SE
12 km/h
Afternoon
11°C
ESE
17 km/h
Evening
10°C
ESE
11 km/h
Overnight
7°C
E
9 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.