France climate guide

Temperature in France (°F)

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max temperature (daytime)
43°F maximum daytime temperature in January in France (Paris)43
45°F maximum daytime temperature in February in France (Paris)45
52°F maximum daytime temperature in March in France (Paris)52
57°F maximum daytime temperature in April in France (Paris)57
64°F maximum daytime temperature in May in France (Paris)64
70°F maximum daytime temperature in June in France (Paris)70
75°F maximum daytime temperature in July in France (Paris)75
73°F maximum daytime temperature in August in France (Paris)73
68°F maximum daytime temperature in September in France (Paris)68
61°F maximum daytime temperature in October in France (Paris)61
50°F maximum daytime temperature in November in France (Paris)50
45°F maximum daytime temperature in December in France (Paris)45
Min temperature (night-time)
34°F minimum night-time temperature in January in France (Paris)34
36°F minimum night-time temperature in February in France (Paris)36
39°F minimum night-time temperature in March in France (Paris)39
43°F minimum night-time temperature in April in France (Paris)43
48°F minimum night-time temperature in May in France (Paris)48
54°F minimum night-time temperature in June in France (Paris)54
57°F minimum night-time temperature in July in France (Paris)57
57°F minimum night-time temperature in August in France (Paris)57
54°F minimum night-time temperature in September in France (Paris)54
46°F minimum night-time temperature in October in France (Paris)46
39°F minimum night-time temperature in November in France (Paris)39
36°F minimum night-time temperature in December in France (Paris)36

Sunshine & Daylight in France

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily hours of sunshine
Daily hours of daylight
9 hours of daylight per day in January in France (Paris)9
10 hours of daylight per day in February in France (Paris)10
12 hours of daylight per day in March in France (Paris)12
14 hours of daylight per day in April in France (Paris)14
15 hours of daylight per day in May in France (Paris)15
16 hours of daylight per day in June in France (Paris)16
16 hours of daylight per day in July in France (Paris)16
14 hours of daylight per day in August in France (Paris)14
13 hours of daylight per day in September in France (Paris)13
11 hours of daylight per day in October in France (Paris)11
9 hours of daylight per day in November in France (Paris)9
8 hours of daylight per day in December in France (Paris)8

Rainfall in France

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Number of days with some rain
17 days with some rainfall in January in France (Paris)17
14 days with some rainfall in February in France (Paris)14
16 days with some rainfall in March in France (Paris)16
15 days with some rainfall in April in France (Paris)15
15 days with some rainfall in May in France (Paris)15
13 days with some rainfall in June in France (Paris)13
11 days with some rainfall in July in France (Paris)11
12 days with some rainfall in August in France (Paris)12
12 days with some rainfall in September in France (Paris)12
14 days with some rainfall in October in France (Paris)14
15 days with some rainfall in November in France (Paris)15
16 days with some rainfall in December in France (Paris)16
Average monthly rainfall (inches)
2.1 inches monthly rainfall in January in France (Paris)2.1
1.8 inches monthly rainfall in February in France (Paris)1.8
2.0 inches monthly rainfall in March in France (Paris)2.0
1.8 inches monthly rainfall in April in France (Paris)1.8
2.4 inches monthly rainfall in May in France (Paris)2.4
2.2 inches monthly rainfall in June in France (Paris)2.2
2.1 inches monthly rainfall in July in France (Paris)2.1
2.0 inches monthly rainfall in August in France (Paris)2.0
2.2 inches monthly rainfall in September in France (Paris)2.2
2.3 inches monthly rainfall in October in France (Paris)2.3
2.3 inches monthly rainfall in November in France (Paris)2.3
2.2 inches monthly rainfall in December in France (Paris)2.2

More climate for France

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
UV Index (Maximum)
UV (maximum) index 1 (Low) in January in France (Paris)1
UV (maximum) index 2 (Low) in February in France (Paris)2
UV (maximum) index 3 (Moderate) in March in France (Paris)3
UV (maximum) index 4 (Moderate) in April in France (Paris)4
UV (maximum) index 6 (High) in May in France (Paris)6
UV (maximum) index 7 (High) in June in France (Paris)7
UV (maximum) index 7 (High) in July in France (Paris)7
UV (maximum) index 6 (High) in August in France (Paris)6
UV (maximum) index 4 (Moderate) in September in France (Paris)4
UV (maximum) index 3 (Moderate) in October in France (Paris)3
UV (maximum) index 1 (Low) in November in France (Paris)1
UV (maximum) index 1 (Low) in December in France (Paris)1
Heat & Humidity
No heat & humidity in January in France (Paris)0
No heat & humidity in February in France (Paris)0
No heat & humidity in March in France (Paris)0
No heat & humidity in April in France (Paris)0
No heat & humidity in May in France (Paris)0
No heat & humidity in June in France (Paris)0
No heat & humidity in July in France (Paris)0
No heat & humidity in August in France (Paris)0
No heat & humidity in September in France (Paris)0
No heat & humidity in October in France (Paris)0
No heat & humidity in November in France (Paris)0
No heat & humidity in December in France (Paris)0

Note: 0 = None, L = Low, M = Moderate, H = High, VH = Very high, E = Extreme

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The climate guide for France, represented by Paris, shows long term monthly weather averages processed from data supplied by CRU (University of East Anglia), the Met Office & the Netherlands Meteorological Institute. Find out more about our data sources.

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France climate overview

France is the largest country in Western Europe, and the relaxed French culture is evident throughout, from cosmopolitan cities with their historical architecture, to picturesque rural villages and sleepy Mediterranean towns.

France contains three separate mountain ranges, the Massif Central in the centre of the country, the Alps in the southeast, and the Pyrenees along the Spanish border. All have spectacular mountain scenery with craggy peaks, forested slopes and lush meadows below.

The main river valleys draining the mountains, most notably the Loire, the Rhône and it's many tributaries, and the Garonne, are all great centres of wine production. Winters see extensive snow across all the mountain ranges, supporting top-class ski resorts in the Alps and Pyrenees, while summers are mostly warm and sunny.

The western half of the country is largely flat, fertile and intensively cultivated. France is the world's fifth largest producer of wheat giving rise to miles upon miles of featureless arable farmland, particularly noticeable in Normandy where the occasional field of sunflowers brightens up the landscape.

The west is also the wettest part of France with showers throughout the year, which can turn thundery in the warm summers. Winters are cool or cold.

France's coasts are long and varied. The Atlantic coastline is known for its sandy beaches in the south, distinctive chalk cliffs in Normandy, and rugged rocks in Brittany.

The Mediterranean beaches are typically pebbly, although sandy stretches also exist along the Cote d'Azur on the French Riviera. This is the sunniest part of the country with hot dry summers, and cool to comfortable winter temperatures with scattered showers.

The island of Corsica in the Mediterranean is also part of France. Named 'the scented isle' from the flowers of the 'maquis' shrub that covers much of the island and whose fragrance carries far out to sea, Corsica is wild and mountainous.

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