The best times to visit Franschhoek for ideal weather are

October 8th to April 29th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


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Weather in Franschhoek

Temperature

Average temperatures in Franschhoek vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 50th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Franschhoek, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late January where highs are regularly around 86.9°F (30.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 60.6°F (15.9°C) at night.

Franschhoek Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Franschhoek Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Franschhoek Perceived Temperature (F)

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Franschhoek Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Franschhoek Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 85 68.8 59.1
Feb 84.5 68.5 59.4
Mar 83.5 66 56.8
Apr 77 59.9 50.6
May 70.7 55.9 47.5
Jun 65.1 52.3 44.5
Jul 64.8 50.8 42.4
Aug 65.9 51.4 43.3
Sep 68.4 54.3 45.9
Oct 73.1 58.8 50.2
Nov 76.1 61.4 52.3
Dec 81.6 66.8 57.4

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 29.4 20.4 15.1
Feb 29.2 20.3 15.2
Mar 28.6 18.9 13.8
Apr 25 15.5 10.3
May 21.5 13.3 8.6
Jun 18.4 11.3 6.9
Jul 18.2 10.4 5.8
Aug 18.8 10.8 6.3
Sep 20.2 12.4 7.7
Oct 22.8 14.9 10.1
Nov 24.5 16.3 11.3
Dec 27.6 19.3 14.1

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Franschhoek are March, December, and then January. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid January. For example, on the week of January 15th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early June with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of June 4th.

When can you find snow in Franschhoek? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Franschhoek.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Franschhoek (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 7% 0 0.9
Feb 8% 0 1
Mar 6% 0 1
Apr 13% 0 3
May 24% 0 4.1
Jun 33% 0 6.7
Jul 27% 0 6
Aug 34% 0 6.4
Sep 21% 0 4.3
Oct 16% 0 2.1
Nov 23% 0 3.2
Dec 7% 0 1

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 7 0 2.3
Feb 8 0 2.5
Mar 6 0 2.5
Apr 13 0 7.6
May 24 0 10.4
Jun 33 0 17
Jul 27 0 15.2
Aug 34 0 16.3
Sep 21 0 10.9
Oct 16 0 5.3
Nov 23 0 8.1
Dec 7 0 2.5

 

Humidity and Wind

Franschhoek has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is December (59.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is May (67.3%).

Wind in Franschhoek is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is September, followed by June and August. September’s average wind speed of around 4.4 knots (5.1 MPH or 8.2 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late August to early September where average top sustained speeds reach 9.5 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Franschhoek.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 2.6 Barely noticeable 5.2 Light breeze
Feb 2.6 Barely noticeable 5.3 Light breeze
Mar 2.3 Barely noticeable 4.8 Light breeze
Apr 2.5 Barely noticeable 5.1 Light breeze
May 3.8 Barely noticeable 7.1 Light breeze
Jun 4.4 Light breeze 7.7 Gentle breeze
Jul 3.9 Barely noticeable 7.5 Light breeze
Aug 4.3 Light breeze 7.8 Gentle breeze
Sep 4.4 Light breeze 7.8 Light breeze
Oct 3.2 Barely noticeable 5.9 Light breeze
Nov 3.3 Barely noticeable 5.9 Light breeze
Dec 2.9 Barely noticeable 5.3 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 60.4%
Feb 62.5%
Mar 63.8%
Apr 64.4%
May 67.3%
Jun 66.4%
Jul 65.6%
Aug 65.6%
Sep 64.1%
Oct 64.9%
Nov 61.5%
Dec 59.8%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Franschhoek?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for South Africa; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Franschhoek, South Africa is January, followed by February and November. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Franschhoek in June. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is somewhat extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 65.4 in June means 65.4% of the tourists vs. January.

 

 

Overall Franschhoek Travel Experience by Season

Fall (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 86.9°F (30.5°C) and 65.9°F (18.8°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 2 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 8 to 11 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Franschhoek, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Spring (September through November)

Spring daily highs range from 79.3°F (26.3°C) and 67.3°F (19.6°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 7 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is perfect this time of year in Franschhoek to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 86.9°F (30.5°C) and 80.4°F (26.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: consistently 2 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

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