Marseille, where it's located

The climate of Marseille is Mediterranean, with mild, relatively rainy winters and hot, sunny summers, sometimes sultry, but tempered by the breeze.
The city is located on the Mediterranean coast, east of the Camargue and the Rhone River delta, in an area exposed to the Mistral, the cold and dry wind of the north. Although winter is generally mild, the wind, which can blow at 100 km/h (60 mph) or more, can increase the feeling of cold. Furthermore, sometimes there may be cold spells, with lows going down to -6 °C (21 °F) or even below. At the Marignane airport, the temperature dropped to -15.6 °C (4 °F) in February 1956, to -12.4 °C (9.5 °F) in January 1985, to -9 °C (16 °F) in February 1986, to -10 °C (14 °F) in January 1987, and to -9.5 °C (15 °F) in February 2012.
In summer, there can be very hot periods, with highs exceeding 35 °C (95 °F). The temperature reached 40 °C (104 °F) in July 1983, 38 °C (100.5 °F) in June 2003, 39 °C (102.5 °F) in July 2017, and 40 °C (104 °F) in June 2019.
The average temperature of the coldest month (January) is of 7.2 °C (45 °F), that of the warmest month (July) is of 24.8 °C (77 °F). Here are the average temperatures.
Marseille - Average temperatures
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Min (°C)346913171919161274
Max (°C)111216192327303026211512
Min (°F)373943485563666661544539
Max (°F)525461667381868679705954

Precipitation amounts to 515 millimeters (20.3 inches) per year: we are therefore in one of the least rainy areas of France. It ranges from 10 mm (0.4 in) in the driest month (July) to 75 mm (3 in) in the wettest (September). Here is the average precipitation.
Marseille - Average precipitation
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Prec.(mm)503030554025103075655545515
Prec.(in)21.21.22.21.610.41.232.62.21.820.3
Days54464313466653

On average, there are around 2,860 sunshine hours per year: Marseille is the sunniest city in France. Here are the average sunshine hours per day.
Marseille - Sunshine
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Hours568891112119654

The sea temperature in the Gulf of Lion is never very high, because the sea is cooled by the north winds that blow for many months a year, and reaches at most 21/22 °C (70/72 °F) from July in September. Here are the average sea temperatures.
Marseille - Sea temperature
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Temp (°C)131313141618212221181614
Temp (°F)555555576164707270646157

Marseille

Best Time


The best time to visit Marseille is the spring, from mid-April to mid-June. September is also a good month, but it is quite rainy. Summer, from mid-June to August, can be hot and muggy, even though it's the best time for those who also want to swim in the sea. Winter is generally mild, but it can sometimes get cold and it can rain.