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Climate - Paris

Temperature, rainfall, prevailing weather conditions, when to go

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The climate of Paris and the region of Île-de-France is temperate and is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean: it is cold but not freezing in winter, and pleasantly warm in summer; however, it receives some continental influences, so it can sometimes be very cold in winter and hot in summer.
Here are the average temperatures.
Paris average temperatures
Paris J F M A M J J A S O N D
Min (°F) 36 36 41 44 51 56 60 59 54 49 42 37
Max (°F) 45 47 54 60 67 73 78 77 70 62 51 46

Precipitation is not abundant, since it amounts to 25 inches per year, but it is well distributed throughout the year, however, the rains are a bit more frequent in winter, and a bit more abundant in summer.
Here is the average precipitation.
Average precipitation Paris
Paris J F M A M J J A S O N D Year
Prec. (in) 2.0 1.6 1.9 2.0 2.5 2.0 2.4 2.1 1.9 2.4 2.0 2.3 25.2
Days 10 9 10 9 10 9 8 7 8 9 10 11 110

In winter, from December to February, the average temperatures are quite low: normally, highs are about 45/47 °F.
The temperatures can become mild, reaching even 55/57 °F when Atlantic currents prevail, but the weather in these cases is cloudy and rainy; during these periods, wind blows frequently, and sometimes can be strong.
In other situations, cold currents from the north and north-east can lower the temperature to freezing, or a few degrees above; in these situations the feeling of cold can be exacerbated by the wind, which blows moderate from the northeast. The coldest periods occur with cold air masses from Russia, which can lead to a few days of snow, generally not abundant, and frost. In Paris the temperature rarely drops to around 15 °F, but in colder winters this can happen: in January 1985 the temperature dropped to 0 °F.

Summer, from June to August, is a pleasantly warm season: the days are very long, and the temperature generally lends itself to outdoor activities. However, the weather is variable: there's no shortage of cool and rainy days, in which the flow of Atlantic fronts prevails, and the maximum temperatures drop below 70 °F, while on other occasions the Azores High can bring some hot, sunny days, maybe a little sultry, with highs around or even above 85 °F; in these cases, in the afternoon some thunderstorms can erupt.
Really hot days in Paris are quite rare, although sometimes they may occur, due to hot air masses from Africa: in August 2012 the temperature touched 100 °F, while in August 2003, which however has been exceptional in the whole of France, it touched 104.5 °F.

Spring and autumn are cool and unstable, characterized by the passage of Atlantic depressions and by temperature changes. In spring, from March to May, some returns of cold are possible, with short snowfalls in March and sometimes in April. Sometimes it's cold still in early May, with highs around 50 °F, while during the month the temperature can reach and even exceed 77 °F. Autumn, from September to November, is characterized by a gradual increase of cloudy and rainy periods; usually it begins to get cold in November or late October.


The amount of sunshine in Paris is decent from April to September, and scarce from November to February, when cloudy skies prevail. On average there are 8 hours of sunshine per day in June and July, and 7 in May and August.

When to go

The best time to visit Paris is from mid-May to mid-September; in particular from mid-May to late June, when the days are long, the nature is in bloom and there is a low risk of excessive heat (in fact, the tennis tournament of "Roland Garros" takes place between the last week of May and the first week of June). In this period, but even in mid-summer (July and August), however, it can rain and it can get cool at night, so it may be useful to bring a sweatshirt or sweater and a light jacket, along with a raincoat or umbrella.
Although the Easter period is a possibility, this time of the year can be quite chilly.

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