The Franschhoek

Weather Report

Spring 2016

A 5 Day Weather Report for the Franschhoek Valley

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Tuesday 27 September

Overview

A mostly cloudy and cold day with scattered and sometimes widespread showers through the day with up to 10mm of rainfall possible. Skies gradually become partly cloudy in the evening and then partly cloudy overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
14°C
WNW
23 km/h
Afternoon
14°C
W
26 km/h
Evening
10°C
NW
12 km/h
Overnight
7°C
NNW
10 km/h

Wednesday 28 September

Overview

Mostly cloudy with a sprinkling of rain in the early morning, becoming overcast at times through the morning and into midday. Skies will gradually become mostly clear in the mid afternoon and will remain mostly clear through the evening and overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
11°C
NW
13 km/h
Afternoon
15°C
WNW
23 km/h
Evening
10°C
WNW
14 km/h
Overnight
9°C
NW
6 km/h

Thursday 29 September

Overview

Partly cloudy and fairly cold throughout the day. Skies will become quite cloudy over the southern valley and clearing down the valley in the late afternoon and evening. Mostly cloudy at times in the south but clear northwards through the overnight hours. No rain is expected.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
15°C
NW
6 km/h
Afternoon
17°C
W
13 km/h
Evening
10°C
S
10 km/h
Overnight
9°C
ESE
10 km/h

Friday 30 September

Overview

Apart from a few early morning clouds it is going to be a clear and sunny day with somewhat mild conditions through the afternoon. Skies will become quite cloudy over the southern valley only in the evening and then clearing overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
17°C
ESE
10 km/h
Afternoon
21°C
SSE
16 km/h
Evening
12°C
ESE
11 km/h
Overnight
8°C
ESE
8 km/h

Saturday 1 October

Overview

A lovely day with clear skies and bright sunshine through most of the day and with mild temperatures in the afternoon. Scattered clouds will drift off the southern mountains over the southern valley in the late afternoon and early evening. Skies will clear in the late evening and remain clear overnight.

Temperature and Winds:
Morning
18°C
ESE
10 km/h
Afternoon
23°C
SSE
14 km/h
Evening
13°C
SE
12 km/h
Overnight
11°C
ESE
10 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.