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Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris, France. Author Quadell. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike
Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris, France. Author Quadell

Paris climate: when to go to Paris

Paris is characterized by a climate halfway between the oceanic and continental climate. Paris generally has warm summers and cold winters with rainfall well distributed throughout the year, but overall rather scarce.

Paris usually has short, mild and rainy winters, when blow the wet and warm winds from the Atlantic Ocean. While on the other hand when the winds blow from the North Pole or from the east the climate is harsh and snowy with minimum temperatures reaching up to -10 ° C. The snow in Paris falls on average 15 days per year, the frost is present for 29 days in a year.

The summer is characterized by extreme climate variability that can vary from hot and muggy days with maximum temperatures of over 35 ° C, until cool, windy and rainy days with temperatures around 10 ° C.

Spring and autumn usually have mild days and cool nights. But the climate of Paris, especially in these two seasons can vary suddenly going from a sunny day to a rainy day in a few hours.

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France. Author Taxiarchos228. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike

Eiffel Tower, Paris, France. Author Taxiarchos228

In winter the average minimum temperatures vary between 2 ° C and 3 ° C, while the average maximum winter temperatures vary between 7 ° C and 8 ° C. In summer the average maximum temperatures vary between 25 ° C and 22 ° C, while the average minimum summer temperatures vary between 15 ° C and 13 ° C.

The rains in Paris are well distributed throughout the year, the relatively driest months are those that go from February to April. On average Paris has 111 days of rain in a year, the average annual rainfall is slightly less than 640 mm. The hours of sunshine in Paris are on average 1,748 a year.

WHEN TO GO TO PARIS

No doubt: the summer, spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Paris, but the city can be visited without any problems at any time of the year.

PARIS CLIMATE TABLES

PARIS (40 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 2,7 7,2 53,7  10,2
February 2,8 8,3 43,7  9,3
March 5,3 12,2 48,5  10,4
April 7,3 15,6 53,0  9,4
May 10,9 19,6 65,0  10,3
June 13,8 22,7 54,6  8,6
July 15,8 25,2 63,1  8,0
August 15,7 25,0 43,0  6,9
September 12,7 21,1 54,7  8,5
October 9,6 16,3 59,7  9,5
November 5,8 10,8 51,9  9,7
December 3,4 7,5 58,7  10,7
YEAR 8,5 16,0 649,6  111,5

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