The best times to visit Besancon for ideal weather are

May 21st 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.

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Weather in Besancon

Temperature

Average temperatures in Besancon vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 28th 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 Besancon, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 79.8°F (26.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 58.4°F (14.7°C) at night.

Besancon Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Besancon Temperatures (Celsius)

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“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.

Besancon Perceived Temperature (F)

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Besancon Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Besancon 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 42.9 37.2 31.9
Feb 45.2 37.5 30.9
Mar 54.1 44.6 36.1
Apr 63.6 52.8 42.8
May 68.7 58.2 48.6
Jun 74.7 64.4 54.8
Jul 78.2 67.4 57.7
Aug 77.3 66.3 56.8
Sep 69.5 59.2 50.7
Oct 61.5 52.1 44.8
Nov 51.6 44.6 38.8
Dec 44.6 38.4 32.9

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 6.1 2.9 -0.1
Feb 7.3 3.1 -0.6
Mar 12.3 7 2.3
Apr 17.6 11.6 6
May 20.4 14.6 9.2
Jun 23.7 18 12.7
Jul 25.7 19.7 14.3
Aug 25.2 19.1 13.8
Sep 20.8 15.1 10.4
Oct 16.4 11.2 7.1
Nov 10.9 7 3.8
Dec 7 3.6 0.5


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Besancon are April, September, 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 October. For example, on the week of October 1st there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late February and early March with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of February 26th.

When can you find snow in Besancon? Weather stations report moderate or seasonal snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early to mid January. The best time to ski (if at all) in Besancon is often around around January 8th 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.

Chanceof Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Besancon.

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Snow on the Ground

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

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 31% 1.3 3.5
Feb 32% 1.7 3.2
Mar 27% 0.6 2.8
Apr 20% 0 2.5
May 30% 0 3.9
Jun 30% 0 4.3
Jul 29% 0 4.6
Aug 28% 0 4.2
Sep 23% 0 3.7
Oct 26% 0 3.5
Nov 29% 1.4 4.2
Dec 34% 1.4 4.5

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 31 3.3 8.9
Feb 32 4.3 8.1
Mar 27 1.5 7.1
Apr 20 0 6.4
May 30 0 9.9
Jun 30 0 10.9
Jul 29 0 11.7
Aug 28 0 10.7
Sep 23 0 9.4
Oct 26 0 8.9
Nov 29 3.6 10.7
Dec 34 3.6 11.4

 

Humidity and Wind

Besancon has some extremely humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (56.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (81.2%).

Wind in Besancon is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is March, followed by January and December. March’s average wind speed of around 3.9 knots (4.5 MPH or 7.2 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid March where average top sustained speeds reach 8.7 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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Wind

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

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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 3.6 Barely noticeable 7.5 Gentle breeze
Feb 3.4 Barely noticeable 7.4 Gentle breeze
Mar 3.9 Barely noticeable 8.3 Gentle breeze
Apr 3.3 Barely noticeable 7.4 Gentle breeze
May 3.2 Barely noticeable 7.2 Gentle breeze
Jun 3 Barely noticeable 7 Gentle breeze
Jul 2.9 Barely noticeable 6.6 Gentle breeze
Aug 2.5 Barely noticeable 6.3 Light breeze
Sep 2.5 Barely noticeable 6.3 Gentle breeze
Oct 2.4 Barely noticeable 5.9 Light breeze
Nov 2.9 Barely noticeable 6.6 Gentle breeze
Dec 3.5 Barely noticeable 7.4 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 81.2%
Feb 72.2%
Mar 61.3%
Apr 56.8%
May 62.7%
Jun 62.1%
Jul 61.2%
Aug 65.3%
Sep 71.4%
Oct 77.5%
Nov 80.5%
Dec 81%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Besancon?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Jan 19, 2018 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


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Besancon, France is June, followed by August and April. 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 Besancon in October. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is somewhat extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 53 in October means 53% of the tourists vs. June.


Overall Besancon Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 71.6°F (22°C) and 50.9°F (10.5°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 9 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 about 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Besancon, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 72.7°F (22.6°C) and 44.5°F (6.9°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 7 to 9 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 Besancon to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 50.9°F (10.5°C) and 40°F (4.4°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 9 to 11 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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