The Franschhoek

Weather Report

Autumn 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.

Monday 21 May

Overview

A cloudy and wey day with scattered showers at times and light rain falling throughout the day. Skies remain cloudy with widespread showers through the evening hours. Light rain will fall through the overnight hours. Up to 17mm of rainfall is likely.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
14°C
NW
27 km/h
Afternoon
16°C
NW
32 km/h
Evening
14°C
NW
22 km/h
Overnight
12°C
WNW
22 km/h

Tuesday 22 May

Overview

Mostly cloudy with light rain falling at times through the morning and midday hours. Skies gradually become partly cloudy with no more rain through the afternoon. Mostly clear in the evening and clear overnight. Clouds will drfit in over the valley around sunrise ahead of the next cold front.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
13°C
WNW
14 km/h
Afternoon
15°C
NW
19 km/h
Evening
12°C
NNW
12 km/h
Overnight
11°C
NW
16 km/h

Wednesday 23 May

Overview

Skies become mostly cloudy through the morning hours and then cloudy with light rain shaowers through the afternoon. Widespread showers are expected through the evening. Skies remain cloudy overnight with light rain falling at times. Up to 13mm of rain is expected.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
14°C
NW
20 km/h
Afternoon
15°C
NW
25 km/h
Evening
15°C
NW
12 km/h
Overnight
13°C
WNW
6 km/h

Thursday 24 May

Overview

A cloudy morning with a sprinkling of rain possible in the early morning with any rain ceasing by mid morning. Skies remain cloudy through the day and evening and then gradually become mostly clear through the night hours.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
14°C
SE
10 km/h
Afternoon
15°C
SE
14 km/h
Evening
12°C
ESE
11 km/h
Overnight
9°C
E
11 km/h

Friday 25 May

Overview

A mostly sunny day with a few clouds drifting off the eastern mountains at times. Skies become mostly cloudy in the evening with a sprinkling of rain possible. Skies then become partly cloudy overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
15°C
ENE
9 km/h
Afternoon
19°C
WNW
14 km/h
Evening
16°C
NNE
7 km/h
Overnight
12°C
ENE
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.