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Climate - Bordeaux

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The climate of Bordeaux, capital of Aquitaine, is mild and rainy, being influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. The average temperature of January is 6.5 °C, while that of July is 21.5 °C.
Here are the average temperatures.
Bordeaux average temperatures
Bordeaux J F M A M J J A S O N D
Min (°C) 3 3 5 7 11 14 16 16 13 10 6 4
Max (°C) 10 12 15 17 21 24 27 27 24 19 14 11

The city can be affected all year round by Atlantic depressions, but because of its southern location, it's also affected by the Azores anticyclone, albeit not for long periods.
Precipitation amounts to 950 millimetres per year, and it's frequent and well distributed throughout the year, with a relative minimum in summer.
Here is the average precipitation.
Average precipitation Bordeaux
Bordeaux J F M A M J J A S O N D Year
Prec. (mm) 90 85 70 80 85 65 55 60 90 95 105 105 985
Days 13 11 11 12 12 9 7 8 10 11 13 13 130

Winter, from December to February, is quite mild. When the westerlies prevail, Atlantic disturbances bring a mild and rainy weather, sometimes windy: in these cases the temperature can reach, and even exceed, 15 °C. In periods in which an high pressure area dominates, however, at night fog can form and there may be slight frosts, while during the day the temperature becomes quite mild, and the sun comes out. On the contrary, when cold winds blow from Russia, there may also be waves of frost, with snowfalls, usually not abundant. The temperature rarely drops below -10 °C, although the coldest record is -16 °C, recorded in January 1985 and 1987. In February 2012, the temperature dropped to -9 °C.

Spring , from March to May, is mild, with frequent rainfall, and a little cold at night. In March, there may still be wintry days. The Azores anticyclone can bring periods of good weather, with pleasantly warm days, usually from the second half of April, and more often in May.

Summer, from June to August, is pleasantly warm. Cool and rainy periods, in which the Atlantic currents dominate, alternate with periods of good weather, when during the day it can be even hot, with maximum temperatures about 28/30 °C; however in the afternoon a cool breeze blows from the ocean. Every so often, there can also be short heat waves, in which the temperature may reach or exceed 36/38 °C. On average, the temperature exceeds 32 °C for about ten days per year. Only in the exceptional summer of 2003, the scorching heat lasted for 13 consecutive days, and the temperature reached 41 °C in August.

Autumn, from September to November, is very pleasant at the beginning, that is, in the first half of September, and then it becomes gradually cooler, more humid and rainy. November is often a very rainy month.

The amount of sunshine in Bordeaux is acceptable from April to September, when there are several periods of good weather, while it is quite low from October to March, when cloudy days are predominant, as well as a bit of haze and fog on nights and mornings in which the sky is clear.


For swimming, the nearby sea of Aquitaine is cool even in summer, given that it reaches at most 21 °C in August.
Here are the average sea temperatures.
Sea temperature Bordeaux
Bordeaux J F M A M J J A S O N D
Sea (°C) 12 11 11 12 14 17 20 21 19 17 15 13

When to go

The best time to visit Bordeaux runs from mid-May to September, being the warmest and sunniest. We can not exclude some nights a bit cold, especially in May, June and September, but even in midsummer it's better to bring a sweatshirt for the evening, and maybe an umbrella. Those who want to avoid the albeit rare heat waves, can avoid the period from mid-June to late August.

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