The Elgin Valley enjoys a similar climate to the rest of the coastal Western Cape, in that it has a Mediterranean climate with winter rainfall. Annual winter rainfall ranges between 800 and 1200mm, and the surrounding mountain peaks are often covered in snow during the winter months.
During summer, the south-easterly maritime wind causes the Grabouw / Elgin mountains to be covered with a thick cloud, similarly to the way the same winds cause the “tablecloth” cloud cover over Table Mountain in Cape Town. This cloud creates a cooling effect and can be accompanied by relatively high humidity or even rain.
As in other parts of the Western Cape certain outdoor activities like hiking might be limited by rain during the winter months and strong south-easterly winds can also affect outdoor activities in the summer. Overall, it is best to be prepared for a variety of weather, as according to locals even during summer it is possible to have rain and cooler nights. However, even with the sometimes unpredictable weather, there is always something to do in the area and various outdoor events take place throughout the year.