France weather

Read our complete guide to the weather in France.

Below are the temperatures expected today at popular destinations in France. Select a destination to compare today's forecast with average weather conditions.

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France weather overview

This large country has the lot - soaring mountains, beaches, river valleys, wide plains - with a variety of weather conditions to match. In the north and west, you will find a maritime climate with warm to hot summers and cool but mild winters. However rain can be a nuisance at any time of year, so go prepared.

The lower parts of Central and Eastern France suffer colder winters but have warmer summers than the north. Rain falls mainly in the summer and can be accompanied by dramatic storms. Up in the mountains, the snowy winters are a joy for skiers but heavy autumn rains can make life miserable in the Pyrenees. In the Vosges, Jura and the Northern Alps, summer days can also be rained off.

The Southern Alps, the Pyrenees and parts of the Massif Central enjoy sunnier summers interspersed with sudden, and short-lived, bouts of rain and thunder. In the summer, the valleys are sunnier than the mountain tops which are often shrouded in cloud. In winter, it is the other way round.

Sun lovers should head for south western France or the Mediterranean coast. Summers in these regions are hot and sunny and winters are mild but be prepared for short but heavy bursts of summer rain and occasional storms. If you are on the Mediterranean coast in spring, brace yourself for the occasional arrival of the Mistral, a cold and blustery wind which disrupts the normally balmy weather.

What to pack for France weather

In most parts of France you can base a summer travel wardrobe around light clothes, supplemented with heavier wraps for chilly spells, and rainwear. In the mountains, warm clothing is recommended, with ski wear in winter.

More about France

Which is the hottest month in France?

The hottest time of year in Paris, France is normally July. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 24°C.

Which month has the most rain in France?

In terms of rainfall, May is usually the wettest month in Paris, France with 62mm on average. There are normally 15 days in May with some rain.

When is it sunniest in France?

The sunniest time of year in Paris, France is normally August with bright sunshine on average for 50% of daylight hours; that's 7 hours of sunshine per day.

What is the flight time to France from the UK?

The flight time to France from the UK is typically 1.5 to 2.5 hours.

What is the time difference between France and the UK?

The time difference between France and the UK is GMT+1 hour.

What is the main language spoken in France?

The main language spoken in France is French.

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What is the currency in France?

The currency in France is the Euro (EUR).

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Which plugs are used in France?

France uses electrical plug type C + E (230 Volts).

Which side of the road do they drive on in France?

They drive on the right side of the road in France.

Compare France weather with the USA

Below the France weather chart shows average maximum daytime temperature for France (Paris) and the USA (Washington).

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