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.
Franschhoek Travel Guide
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Weather in Franschhoek
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)
Franschhoek Temperatures (Celsius)
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)
Franschhoek Perceived Temperature (C)
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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
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.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Franschhoek (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
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.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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|
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
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.