The best times to visit Besançon for ideal weather are

May 7th to September 23rd

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

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Besançon Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in Besançon


    Average temperatures in Besançon vary little and are seasonally temperate. The area is in the top 64 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Besançon, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early August where highs are regularly around 57.5°F (14.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 42.2°F (5.7°C) at night.

    Besançon Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


    Besançon Temperatures (Celsius)


    “Feels-Like” Temperatures

    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.

    Besançon Perceived Temperature (F)


    Besançon Perceived Temperature (C)



    Average Besançon 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.

    Show Fahrenheit

    Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan 41.7 36 30.3
    Feb 44.2 36.8 30.5
    Mar 51.7 43.1 35.6
    Apr 62 51.9 42.9
    May 67.4 57.7 48.8
    Jun 72.5 62.9 53.6
    Jul 76 65.8 56.6
    Aug 74.6 64.3 55.4
    Sep 67.2 57.5 49.2
    Oct 58.5 50.6 43.8
    Nov 48.1 41.6 35.7
    Dec 40.7 35.1 29.7

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 5.4 2.2 -0.9
    Feb 6.8 2.7 -0.8
    Mar 10.9 6.2 2
    Apr 16.7 11.1 6.1
    May 19.7 14.3 9.3
    Jun 22.5 17.2 12
    Jul 24.4 18.8 13.7
    Aug 23.7 17.9 13
    Sep 19.6 14.2 9.6
    Oct 14.7 10.3 6.6
    Nov 8.9 5.3 2.1
    Dec 4.8 1.7 -1.3


    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in Besançon are May, June, and then August. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early-to-mid-April. For example, on the week of April 9th there are only 1.9 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late November to early December with an average of 4.4 days with significant precipitation the week of November 26th.

    When can you find snow in Besançon? Weather stations report no annual snow. 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 Besançon.

    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

    The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Besançon (in).

    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 45.7 0 0.08
    Feb 42.9 0 0.1
    Mar 44.3 0 0.1
    Apr 35.7 0 0.1
    May 52.9 0 0.11
    Jun 48.6 0 0.13
    Jul 47.1 0 0.14
    Aug 47.1 0 0.14
    Sep 42.9 0 0.15
    Oct 44.3 0 0.09
    Nov 44.3 0 0.13
    Dec 44.3 0 0.13

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 45.7 0 0.2
    Feb 42.9 0 0.25
    Mar 44.3 0 0.25
    Apr 35.7 0 0.25
    May 52.9 0 0.28
    Jun 48.6 0 0.33
    Jul 47.1 0 0.36
    Aug 47.1 0 0.36
    Sep 42.9 0 0.38
    Oct 44.3 0 0.23
    Nov 44.3 0 0.33
    Dec 44.3 0 0.33


    Humidity and Wind

    Besançon has slightly high to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is April (59.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (82.7%).

    Wind in Besançon is usually moderate. The windiest month is March, followed by February and January. March’s average wind speed of around 5.9 knots (6.8 MPH or 10.9 KPH) is considered “light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early March where average top sustained speeds reach 12.6 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

    The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Besançon.

    Avg. Relative Humidity


    The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 5 a light breeze 9.6 a gentle breeze
    Feb 5.4 a light breeze 9.8 a gentle breeze
    Mar 5.9 a light breeze 10.9 a gentle breeze
    Apr 5 a light breeze 9.5 a gentle breeze
    May 4.9 a light breeze 9.8 a gentle breeze
    Jun 4.4 a light breeze 9 a gentle breeze
    Jul 4.5 a light breeze 9.3 a gentle breeze
    Aug 4 a light breeze 8.4 a gentle breeze
    Sep 4.3 a light breeze 8.8 a gentle breeze
    Oct 4.2 a light breeze 8.3 a gentle breeze
    Nov 4.4 a light breeze 8.6 a gentle breeze
    Dec 4.6 a light breeze 9.1 a gentle breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 80.3
    Feb 72.3
    Mar 62.4
    Apr 59.6
    May 63.4
    Jun 65.3
    Jul 62.5
    Aug 69
    Sep 72.7
    Oct 79.4
    Nov 82.7
    Dec 81.9


    Is it Safe to Travel to Besançon?

    As of 5/2/2017 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.

    Overall Besançon Travel Experience by Season

    Spring (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 52.4°F (11.3°C) and 35.6°F (2°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is frequent with 11 to 16 days of precipitation per month. Spring is slow/unreported for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

    Summer (June through August)

    The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with about 15 days of precipitation per month. June – August is slow/unreported season for tourism in Besançon, so lodging and other accommodations may cost as much as usual.

    Fall (September through November)

    Fall daily highs range from 52.8°F (11.6°C) and 31°F (-0.6°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a very great amount: 13 to 14 days per month. Tourism is slow/unreported during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be normally priced.

    Winter (December through February)

    Weather is far too cold this time of year in Besançon to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 34°F (1.1°C) and 28.3°F (-2.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 12 to 14 times per month. These times of year are slow/unreported with tourists.


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