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The climate of the Loire Valley: when to go

The climate of the Loire Valley is an oceanic-continental climate, therefore rather cool and with average minimum winter temperatures close to zero. Winter and autumn are the rainiest seasons, but the rain is practically well distributed in every month of the year, even spring can be quite cold and sometimes rainy, summer is hot, but never excessively.

As far as temperatures are concerned, the average maximum summer temperatures of the Loire Valley locations are around 24 ° C. The average minimum temperatures vary between 1 ° C in January and 13 ° C in July. Finally, the average maximum temperatures vary between 24 ° C in July and around 7 ° C in January.

In the Loire Valley, the rains are well distributed in every month of the year. The driest month is however August. The annual average rainfall is not very high, in fact it stands around 680/700 mm. The rainy days are 111 per year. The hours of sunshine 1,833 per year. The snow falls on average 10 days a year. Frost is present for 45 days in a year.

WHEN TO GO TO THE LOIRE VALLEY

The best time to visit the Castles of the Loire area, especially due to the less crowding than in the summer months, are the months between April and June and those between September and October. In the summer months the climate of the Loire Valley is still excellent with low rainfall and mild temperatures.

THE CLIMATE OF THE LOIRE VALLEY: CLIMATE TABLES

TOURS (108 meters)
MonthAverage low (°C)Average high (°C)Precip. (mm)Rainy days (snowy days)
January2,07,366,2 11,9 (2,4)
February1,98,555,8 9,5 (2,9)
March3,912,350,3 9,9 (1,8)
April5,615,255,8 9,6 (0,7)
May9,219,162,3 9,8 (0,1)
June12,122,846,1 7,0
July14,025,553,2 6,9
August13,725,442,5 6,2
September11,121,853,2 7,8
October8,616,870,9 10,5
November4,610,968,0 11,2 (1,0)
December2,57,571,3 11,4 (1,7)
YEAR7,516,1695,6 111,6 (10,6)

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