Seasons in Paris

The capital of France is located on crossing of paths of warm and humid oceanic air masses and cold continental airflows. As a result weather here is mild. Temperature rarely drops below freezing even at coldest months. Precipitation is moderate too. In addition microclimate of the city is influenced by accommodation density and pollution.

There are no actual frosts in Paris however it snows at winter from time to time. But snow cover never remains longer than couple of days. In general weather in the city is comfortable year round and considering amount of events and places trip to Paris will be unforgettable anyway.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Paris

March in Paris is known for its uncertain nature. Weather shifts in certain range though in general daytime average of the month is 12-13 °C (53-55 °F) while at night it cools down to 3-4 °C (37-39 °F). Amount of rainfall increases with amount of sunshine hours thus the city dries quickly after another shower. Closer to the middle of the season temperature grows to 16 °C (61 °F) but nights are still cool enough.

At May weather stays same as it was at April unless days become brighter and longer. It is great time to spend time in Paris in any of myriads available ways.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 30 mm (1.2")
April
Max average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 40 mm (1.6")
May
Max average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2")

Spring Holidays

March-April – Easter Celebrations, Mondial du Tatouage, Paris Martial Arts Festival.
April – Paris Marathon, Color Run.
April-May – Foire du Trône.
May – Night of Museums, WWII Victory Day Holiday.

Summer in Paris

Summer weather in Paris complements attraction to the city. Comfortable warmth of 22 °C (71 °F) of June average with refreshing continental winds is almost perfect. At July and August air warms up to about 25-26 °C (77-79 °F). There is probability of colder days with 16-18 °C (61-64 °F) of readings of a thermometer. At night air cools to 12-14 °C (53-57 °F) what should be taken to account for appropriate packing.

As for precipitation there are occasional vigorous showers sometimes even with thunder. Careful packing requires umbrella for visiting Paris at summer.


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: +22 °C (72 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2")
July
Max average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2.2")
August
Max average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +15 °C (59 °F)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 60 mm (2.4")

Summer Holidays

June – Diner en Blanc, Prix de Diane, Gay Pride, Fete de la Musique.
July – Bastille Day, Tour de France.
July-August – La Villette Outdoor Movie Theater, Paris Plage.
August – Rock en Seine, Nights of the Stars.

Autumn in Paris

September is rather warm month for summer warmth is leaving the city gradually. In general weather of September is slightly improved weather of May with bit colder nights than they were at summer. With coming of October daytime averages are start their descending to 15 °C (59 °F).

At October state of weather changes drastically. Daytime averages are in the range between 10 °C (50 °F) and 4 °C (39 °F) with damp air and occasional long drizzly rain. But of course dampness o Paris cannot compete with amount of soft water in London.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: +21 °C (70 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2")
October
Max average t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Min average t°: +9 °C (48 °F)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2")
November
Max average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Min average t°: +5 °C (41 °F)
Sundial in the day: 2 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2")

Autumn Holidays

September – European Heritage Days, Techno Parade, Paris Design Week.
October – Zombie Walk.
November 11th – Veteran’s Day.

Winter in Paris

Winter in the capital of France is considered as mild. Temperature hardly ever goes below freezing but because of local humidity levels it seems to be colder than it actually is. Anyway daytime temperature of December sits around 7 °C (44 °F) while at night it drops to 1-2 °C (34-36 °F). The coldest month of January is only slightly colder and marked by couple of days with snow. February bring initial warming. Probability of snow and rain remains but this month is considered as driest in a whole year.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Sundial in the day: 1 hour
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 50 mm (2")
January
Max average t°: +6 °C (43 °F)
Min average t°: +2 °C (36 °F)
Sundial in the day: 2 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2.2")
February
Max average t°: +8 °C (46 °F)
Min average t°: +2 °C (36 °F)
Sundial in the day: 2 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 45 mm (1.8")

Winter Holidays

December – New Year's Eve, Festival du Merveilleux.
January – Galette des Rois, Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, Fashion Week Haute Couture, Paris Cocktail Week.
February – Chandeleur (Candlemas), Valentine's Day, Le Salon de l'Agriculture, Chinese New Year, Carnaval de Paris.


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