The Franschhoek

Weather Report

Winter 2017

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.

Friday 21 July

Overview

A partly sunny morning with widespread high level clouds dominating the skies, becoming clear and sunny through the afternoon hours. Skies remain clear through the early evening and scattered clouds will drift in late in the evening and becoming mostly cloudy by the early hours overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
12°C
WNW
2 km/h
Afternoon
17°C
W
8 km/h
Evening
10°C
SE
6 km/h
Overnight
6°C
E
3 km/h

Saturday 22 July

Overview

Mostly cloudy in the early morning with no rain expected, becoming partly cloudy through the mid morning and then clear and sunny through to the late afternoon when scattered clouds will drift in. Skies become cloudy over the southern valley and partly cloudy elsewhere in the evening and through most of the night. Skies will clear by dawn.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
12°C
ESE
8 km/h
Afternoon
16°C
ESE
13 km/h
Evening
10°C
ESE
9 km/h
Overnight
7°C
E
5 km/h

Sunday 23 July

Overview

A fine winters day with clear blue skies and bright sunshine throughout the day and somewhat warm temperatures through the afternoon hours. Skies remain clear in the evening and overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
13°C
E
6 km/h
Afternoon
17°C
SE
8 km/h
Evening
10°C
E
8 km/h
Overnight
7°C
NE
5 km/h

Monday 24 July

Overview

Gorgeous winter weather with clear skies and plenty of sunshine to warm your day. Scattered clouds will drift in through the evening hours, becoming partly cloudy through most of the night and then mostly cloudy by dawn with some light rain expected.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
16°C
N
9 km/h
Afternoon
20°C
NNW
13 km/h
Evening
12°C
NW
10 km/h
Overnight
8°C
NNW
11 km/h

Tuesday 25 July

Overview

A cloudy day with a 70%chance of showers throughout the day and mostly cloudy with light rain into the evening hours. Up to 8mm of rainfall is possible. Skies will gradually clear overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
10°C
NNW
15 km/h
Afternoon
12°C
WNW
21 km/h
Evening
9°C
WNW
13 km/h
Overnight
5°C
N
6 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.