The Franschhoek

Weather Report

Summer 2017

A 5 Day Weather Report for the Franschhoek Valley

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Thursday 19 January

Overview

A fine morning with clear skies, plenty of sunshine and a blanket of cloud on the southern mountains. Skies will remain clear and sunny with mild temperatures through the afternoon. Clear in the early evening and then with widespread high clouds late in the evening. Scattered low clouds will join high clouds overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
22°C
SSE
14 km/h
Afternoon
25°C
S
21 km/h
Evening
16°C
S
16 km/h
Overnight
14°C
SE
6 km/h

Friday 20 January

Overview

A few scattered clouds about in the early morning, otherwise, a fine morning with mostly clear skies and bright sunshine, extending through to the early afternoon. Skies become mostly cloudy with both low and high clouds through the mid and late afternoon. High clouds will persist through the evening and overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
20°C
SW
10 km/h
Afternoon
26°C
SSW
16 km/h
Evening
17°C
S
18 km/h
Overnight
14°C
ESE
11 km/h

Saturday 21 January

Overview

A fine day indeed with a few scattered clouds drifting off the eastern mountain in the morning over the southern valley only, otherwise, clear skies and plenty of sunshine through the day with fairly hot conditions in the afternoon. Skies remain clear through the evening and scattered clouds will drift in overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
27°C
ESE
14 km/h
Afternoon
32°C
SE
16 km/h
Evening
23°C
SE
21 km/h
Overnight
18°C
E
13 km/h

Sunday 22 January

Overview

Scattered clouds are expected through the morning hours, becoming fine and sunny with a steady wind blowing through the afternoon which will be quite hot. Skies remain clear in the evening and overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
29°C
WNW
8 km/h
Afternoon
33°C
WNW
18 km/h
Evening
23°C
SSW
10 km/h
Overnight
20°C
NNE
5 km/h

Monday 23 January

Overview

Another fine summer day with clear skies and strong sunshine through the day and becoming quite hot again in the afternoon. Skies will become quite cloudy in the evening as well as overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
27°C
S
5 km/h
Afternoon
33°C
W
17 km/h
Evening
21°C
SE
18 km/h
Overnight
19°C
ESE
8 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.