The best times to visit Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes for ideal weather are
May 14th to October 14th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Travel Guide
Other Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Travel Info
Weather in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes
Average temperatures in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 40th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, the hottest months are August, July, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late June where highs are regularly around 81.2°F (27.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 58.9°F (14.9°C) at night.
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Perceived Temperature (F)
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes are September, August, and then October. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid February. For example, on the week of February 12th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early December with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of December 3rd.
When can you find snow in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes? Weather stations report moderate or seasonal snow likely to be deepest around December, especially close to late January. The best time to ski (if at all) in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes is often around around December 17th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes has some extremely humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is July (58.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (84.9%).
Wind in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes is usually calm. The windiest month is December, followed by March and January. December’s average wind speed of around 6 knots (6.9 MPH or 11.1 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early December where average top sustained speeds reach 11.4 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||5.8||Light breeze||9.2||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||5.5||Light breeze||9||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||5.9||Light breeze||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||4.7||Light breeze||8.2||Gentle breeze|
|May||3.6||Barely noticeable||6.6||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||3.7||Barely noticeable||6.8||Light breeze|
|Jul||4||Light breeze||7.2||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||3.7||Barely noticeable||6.5||Light breeze|
|Sep||3.4||Barely noticeable||6.1||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||3.5||Barely noticeable||6.2||Light breeze|
|Nov||4.6||Light breeze||8||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||6||Light breeze||9.8||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for France; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 24, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France is July, followed by August and May. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 75.9°F (24.4°C) and 49.5°F (9.7°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with roughly 6 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 5 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 73.8°F (23.2°C) and 44.6°F (7°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 6 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is too cold this time of year in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 52.4°F (11.3°C) and 40.3°F (4.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 10 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.