The Franschhoek

Weather Report

Spring 2017

A 3 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.

Thursday 23 November

Overview

A few clouds about in the morning, otherwise, clear skies and bright sunshine through most of the afternoon. Skies gradually become partly cloudy through the late afternoon towards evening. Skies become mostly cloudy in the late evvening with a sprinkling of rain a possibility around midnight. Skies will clear overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
17°C
WSW
7 km/h
Afternoon
20°C
W
17 km/h
Evening
13°C
SSW
11 km/h
Overnight
9°C
ESE
10 km/h

Friday 24 November

Overview

Partly cloudy skies through the morning and midday hours, becoming clear and sunny through the afternoon with the odd stray cloud. Clear in the early evening with widespread high clouds then drifting in through the late evening and through the night.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
18°C
SE
17 km/h
Afternoon
21°C
SE
24 km/h
Evening
16°C
SE
21 km/h
Overnight
11°C
ESE
14 km/h

Saturday 25 November

Overview

Scattered high level clouds remain over the valley and also low clouds drifting off the southern moutains through the day and into the evening hours. Skies will eventually clear overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
20°C
E
9 km/h
Afternoon
25°C
SSW
16 km/h
Evening
19°C
SE
15 km/h
Overnight
14°C
ESE
12 km/h

Sunday 26 November

Overview

Clear blue skies and plenty of sunshine throughout the day and mild temperatures through the afternoon. Steady and moderate winds will blow off the eastern mountains. Skies remain clear with a few clouds around the southern mountains in the evening and remain clear overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
18°C
E
18 km/h
Afternoon
22°C
E
23 km/h
Evening
15°C
E
20 km/h
Overnight
12°C
ESE
16 km/h

Monday 27 November

Overview

Clouds are expected to blow off the eastern mountains in quite windy conditions through the morning hours. Clear sunny skies with moderating winds in the afternoon. Skies remain clear in the evening with clouds rolling off the mountain again overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
20°C
E
21 km/h
Afternoon
27°C
E
15 km/h
Evening
18°C
ESE
14 km/h
Overnight
14°C
E
12 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.