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 17 September

Overview

A mostly cloudy day with light rain showers and a few peeks of sunshine at times through the day. It will be quite cold through the afternoon hours. Around 3mm of rain is expected. Cloudy with scattered showers through the evening hours and then widespread rain overnight. Up to 16mm of rain is possible.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
12°C
NW
19 km/h
Afternoon
14°C
NW
29 km/h
Evening
11°C
NW
18 km/h
Overnight
10°C
NW
16 km/h

Tuesday 18 September

Overview

A cloudy day with scattered showers through most of the day and light rain at times through the late afternoon and evening. Skies remain mostly cloudy overnight with a sprinkling of rain at times in places. Up to 15mm of rain is possible.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
12°C
WNW
14 km/h
Afternoon
13°C
W
16 km/h
Evening
9°C
W
9 km/h
Overnight
7°C
WNW
9 km/h

Wednesday 19 September

Overview

A cloudy morning with a few scattered showers and then mostly cloudy with light rain possible at times in places through the early afternoon hours. Skies become partly cloudy in the late afternoon and then clear through the evening and then partly cloudy again over the eastern valley overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
14°C
WNW
11 km/h
Afternoon
18°C
SSE
20 km/h
Evening
13°C
SE
9 km/h
Overnight
9°C
E
7 km/h

Thursday 20 September

Overview

Partly cloudy over the eastern valley only, otherwise clear skies through the morning hours. Skies become partly cloudy over the valley in the afternoon and gradually becoming mostly clear in the evening. Clear skies are expected overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
12°C
E
6 km/h
Afternoon
16°C
SW
13 km/h
Evening
8°C
ESE
9 km/h
Overnight
7°C
E
7 km/h

Friday 21 September

Overview

A fine day with a light blanket of cloud on the southern mountains and clear sunny skies over the valley. Skies remain clear in the early evening and then become quite cloudy over the southern valley later and overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
12°C
ESE
8 km/h
Afternoon
14°C
WSW
13 km/h
Evening
11°C
SE
10 km/h
Overnight
10°C
ESE
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.