6 to 24°C
2471 hours
sunshine per day
332 mm
208 days
148 days
9 days

Climate of France

Climate averages for the whole year

  • Day: the average daily temperature during the day is between 6°C and 24°C
  • Night:the average nighttime temperature is between 1°C and 14°C
  • Rain: it rains 148 days and there is a total of approximately 332 mm rainfall
  • Snow: it snows an average of 9 days per year
  • Sun hours: throughout the year there are 2471 sun hours
Maximum temperature: between 6°C and 24°C
Warmest month: 24°C in July
Coldest month: 6°C in January
Night temperature: between 1°C and 14°C
Dry days: 208 days
Days with rain: 148 days
Days with snow: 9 days
Total rain sum: 332 mm
Hours of sunshine: 2471 hours

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Temperature graph

This graph shows the average maximum temperature (red) and minimum temperature (blue) for France.

Precipitation graph

This graph shows the average amount of rainfall per month for France.

Climate table of France

In this climate table you can see at a glance what the average weather per month is for France. The data has been collected over a 30-year period, from which an average per month has been derived. From year to year the differences may be larger or smaller, but with this climate table you have a good idea of what the weather for France might be like in a given month.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°C) 6 7 12 16 18 21 24 24 21 16 11 7
Night temp. (°C) 1 2 4 6 9 12 14 14 12 9 6 3
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (mm) 32 30 29 16 27 32 37 25 16 18 29 41
Days with rain 15 12 11 12 13 14 15 12 9 10 11 14
Days with snow 3 3 1 - - - - - - - - 2
Dry days 13 13 19 18 18 16 16 19 21 21 19 15
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 4 5 6 8 8 9 9 9 8 6 4 4
Wind force (Bft) 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3
UV-index 2 2 3 3 4 5 5 5 4 3 2 2

Best time to visit France

France has regional differences: there is a Mediterranean climate in the south and wetter weather in the north. Most French businesses close between mid-June and August, as they all migrate to the sun in the south then. Although as a tourist you will hardly notice this.

The best time to visit most of France is in spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November). The most reliable and sunny weather can be found along the Mediterranean coast and on Corsica. Here the winters are short and the summer period is long and hot with good weather almost every day. Here you will have a wonderful time in the summer.

Northern France is wet and unpredictable. The weather on the west coast and in the south is tempered by the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean. Central France and the east have a more continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers.

Winter sports in France

The months of January, February and March are great months for winter sports in France. Fresh snow often falls in this period in northern and central France and the French Alps. The ski season usually lasts from late November through April. In the French Alps you have the widest choice of ski resorts and the snow conditions are the best.

Climate of France by month

What is the average climate in a given month for France? Click on a month to see all monthly averages for sunshine, maximum and minimum temperatures, percent chance of rain per day, snowfall and number of rainy days.

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