The best times to visit Marseille for ideal weather are

April 9th to June 24th

or

August 13th to November 4th

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 Marseille

Temperature

Average temperatures in Marseille vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 52nd 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 Marseille, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 87.7°F (30.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 67.5°F (19.7°C) at night.

Marseille Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Marseille 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.

Marseille Perceived Temperature (F)

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Marseille Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Marseille 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 53.4 45.2 37.4
Feb 54.3 45.3 36.7
Mar 61 51.7 42.9
Apr 68.2 58.6 49.1
May 74.8 65.2 55.5
Jun 82.5 72.5 62.6
Jul 87.2 76.8 66.9
Aug 86.6 75.9 65.8
Sep 79.5 69.2 59.7
Oct 71.4 62.1 53.6
Nov 61.6 53.3 45.5
Dec 54.5 47 39.3

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 11.9 7.3 3
Feb 12.4 7.4 2.6
Mar 16.1 10.9 6.1
Apr 20.1 14.8 9.5
May 23.8 18.4 13.1
Jun 28.1 22.5 17
Jul 30.7 24.9 19.4
Aug 30.3 24.4 18.8
Sep 26.4 20.7 15.4
Oct 21.9 16.7 12
Nov 16.4 11.8 7.5
Dec 12.5 8.3 4.1


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Marseille are July, August, and then June. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid June. For example, on the week of June 18th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late October to early November with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of October 29th.

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

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Marseille (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 13% 2.6 2
Feb 16% 1.2 1.6
Mar 13% 0 1.3
Apr 12% 0 1.6
May 11% 0 1.6
Jun 9% 0 1.8
Jul 3% 0 0.7
Aug 5% 0 1
Sep 10% 0 2
Oct 11% 0.8 2.3
Nov 21% 0 3.6
Dec 10% 0 1.9

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 13 6.6 5.1
Feb 16 3 4.1
Mar 13 0 3.3
Apr 12 0 4.1
May 11 0 4.1
Jun 9 0 4.6
Jul 3 0 1.8
Aug 5 0 2.5
Sep 10 0 5.1
Oct 11 2 5.8
Nov 21 0 9.1
Dec 10 0 4.8

 

Humidity and Wind

Marseille has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is July (44.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (66.3%).

Wind in Marseille is usually moderate. The windiest month is May, followed by July and March. May’s average wind speed of around 10 knots (11.5 MPH or 18.5 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 mid May where average top sustained speeds reach 20.7 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 8.5 Gentle breeze 17 Strong breeze
Feb 9.1 Gentle breeze 18.1 Strong breeze
Mar 9.8 Gentle breeze 18.5 Strong breeze
Apr 8.9 Gentle breeze 17 Strong breeze
May 10 Gentle breeze 18.4 Strong breeze
Jun 9.4 Gentle breeze 17.5 Strong breeze
Jul 9.9 Gentle breeze 18 Strong breeze
Aug 8.6 Gentle breeze 16.5 Significant breeze
Sep 8.5 Gentle breeze 16 Strong breeze
Oct 8.5 Gentle breeze 16 Significant breeze
Nov 8.9 Gentle breeze 16.7 Strong breeze
Dec 8.8 Gentle breeze 17 Strong breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 66.1%
Feb 59.9%
Mar 55.3%
Apr 55.2%
May 49.9%
Jun 47.8%
Jul 44.5%
Aug 47.4%
Sep 53.7%
Oct 61.3%
Nov 65.9%
Dec 66.3%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Marseille?

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 Marseille, France is June, followed by July 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 Marseille in November. 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 23.8 in November means 23.8% of the tourists vs. June.


Overall Marseille Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 78.4°F (25.8°C) and 58.3°F (14.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 3 to 4 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 quite warm. These months see the least precipitation with 1 to 3 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Marseille, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 82.2°F (27.9°C) and 56.1°F (13.4°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 3 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 Marseille to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 59.3°F (15.2°C) and 51.4°F (10.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 3 to 5 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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