The Franschhoek

Weather Report

Summer 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.

Wednesday 17 January

Overview

Clear skies and bright sunshine through the day with a gusting wind in the morning and fairly hot temperatures through the afternoon hours. Fairly windy with some cloud on the southern mountains in the evening, otherwise, skies remain clear through the night.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
26°C
ESE
21 km/h
Afternoon
32°C
SE
15 km/h
Evening
23°C
SE
22 km/h
Overnight
20°C
E
14 km/h

Thursday 18 January

Overview

A fine summer day with clear skies and strong sunshine through to the mid afternoon. High level clouds drift in and become widespread through the late afternoon. The afternoon will be rather hot. Skies become mostly cloudy at low level through the evening and overnight. No rain is expected.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
30°C
E
10 km/h
Afternoon
35°C
SW
15 km/h
Evening
23°C
SE
25 km/h
Overnight
21°C
ESE
18 km/h

Friday 19 January

Overview

Cloudy throughout the day with an unlikely 20% chance of some drizzle. Mild temperatures are expected in the afternoon. Skies remain cloudy with windy conditions in the evening and a small chance of light rain as well as overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
21°C
SE
22 km/h
Afternoon
24°C
SE
26 km/h
Evening
20°C
SE
28 km/h
Overnight
19°C
SE
17 km/h

Saturday 20 January

Overview

A partly cloudy day with mild temperatures and gusting winds blowing off the southern mountains through the afternoon hours. Skies become quite cloudy in the late afternoon and mostly cloudy in the evening and overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
22°C
ESE
18 km/h
Afternoon
26°C
ESE
24 km/h
Evening
21°C
ESE
17 km/h
Overnight
20°C
E
14 km/h

Sunday 21 January

Overview

Partly cloudy in the morning, becoming mostly cloudy with mid level clouds and thunderstorms through the midday and afternoon hours. Only 3mm of rainfall is expected. Skies remain quite cloudy in the evening and overnight with no more rain expected.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
25°C
W
11 km/h
Afternoon
30°C
SW
16 km/h
Evening
24°C
W
13 km/h
Overnight
19°C
NW
11 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.