The best times to visit France for ideal weather are

May 7th 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 France

Temperature

Average temperatures in France 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 37th 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 France, 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 79.3°F (26.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 58.9°F (14.9°C) at night.

France Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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France 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.

France Perceived Temperature (F)

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France Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average France 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 48.4 42.5 36.7
Feb 49.6 42.5 35.9
Mar 56 47.5 39.7
Apr 63.1 53.7 44.7
May 67.9 58.9 50.1
Jun 74 64.7 55.6
Jul 78 68.3 59
Aug 77.6 67.7 58.3
Sep 72 62.3 53.4
Oct 64.5 56.2 48.7
Nov 55.5 49 42.9
Dec 49.3 43.3 37.4

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 9.1 5.8 2.6
Feb 9.8 5.8 2.2
Mar 13.3 8.6 4.3
Apr 17.3 12.1 7.1
May 19.9 14.9 10.1
Jun 23.3 18.2 13.1
Jul 25.6 20.2 15
Aug 25.3 19.8 14.6
Sep 22.2 16.8 11.9
Oct 18.1 13.4 9.3
Nov 13.1 9.4 6.1
Dec 9.6 6.3 3


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in France are September, August, and then July. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late June. For example, on the week of June 25th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early December with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of December 3rd.

When can you find snow in France? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around May, especially close to late May to early June. The best time to ski (if at all) in France is often around around May 28th 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 France.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in France (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 21% 1.6 2.4
Feb 20% 1.5 2
Mar 17% 1.4 1.9
Apr 16% 1 1.9
May 18% 4.6 2.4
Jun 16% 1.1 2.1
Jul 15% 1.2 1.9
Aug 14% 0.8 2
Sep 13% 1.8 1.8
Oct 17% 1.8 2.4
Nov 22% 2.1 3.1
Dec 21% 1.6 2.7

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 21 4.1 6.1
Feb 20 3.8 5.1
Mar 17 3.6 4.8
Apr 16 2.5 4.8
May 18 11.7 6.1
Jun 16 2.8 5.3
Jul 15 3 4.8
Aug 14 2 5.1
Sep 13 4.6 4.6
Oct 17 4.6 6.1
Nov 22 5.3 7.9
Dec 21 4.1 6.9

 

Humidity and Wind

France has some very humid months, and above average humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is July (61.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (77.5%).

Wind in France is usually moderate. The windiest month is March, followed by December and February. March’s average wind speed of around 8.3 knots (9.5 MPH or 15.4 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early February where average top sustained speeds reach 15.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 8.1 Gentle breeze 13.9 Significant breeze
Feb 8.2 Gentle breeze 14.1 Significant breeze
Mar 8.3 Gentle breeze 14.4 Significant breeze
Apr 7.4 Gentle breeze 13.1 Significant breeze
May 7.5 Gentle breeze 13.2 Significant breeze
Jun 7 Gentle breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
Jul 7.1 Gentle breeze 12.7 Significant breeze
Aug 6.6 Light breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Sep 6.6 Light breeze 11.9 Significant breeze
Oct 6.8 Light breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Nov 7.7 Gentle breeze 13.3 Significant breeze
Dec 8.2 Gentle breeze 14 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 77.5%
Feb 71.4%
Mar 65.1%
Apr 62.9%
May 64.9%
Jun 64%
Jul 61.4%
Aug 63.3%
Sep 66.2%
Oct 73.2%
Nov 77.3%
Dec 76.6%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to France?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Dec 14, 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 France is July, followed by May and June. 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 France 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

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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 very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 42.1 in December means 42.1% of the tourists vs. July.



Overall France Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 70.4°F (21.3°C) and 53.4°F (11.9°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 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 the least precipitation with 4 to 5 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in France, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 74.5°F (23.6°C) and 50°F (10°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 7 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 France to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 53.4°F (11.9°C) and 46.1°F (7.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 6 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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