France Weather Guide
From the north to the south of France, the weather is as varied as the countryside. Northern France experiences fairly temperate conditions, while the south has a Mediterranean climate. The west gets a lot of rain and has warm summers, and inland summers are hot and stormy. Expect temps below zero in the alpine regions for up to 150 days annually - ideal for hitting the slopes for 6 months of the year.
Season and Clothing
Summer: June to August
If you prefer Paris when it sizzles, you’ll love summer in France. The temps are hot with the sun shining everywhere in the country. Temperatures do vary across France though, with places like Deauville and Brest hovering around 25 degrees Celsius and places like Marseille hitting 30-plus. Everyone is out working on their tan, trekking through mountains and soaking up the summer sun. It’s also the time of year to come for the major national celebration of Bastille Day on July 14.
Autumn: September to November
In France, summer doesn’t technically end until the autumn equinox in late September. Autumn in France is a little rainy and the weather starts to cool off all over the country, however the landscapes are pretty spectacular. Scenery in blazes of orange, red and yellow make for some pretty epic photos. While September and October are the wettest months of the year, it’s still a great time to visit with mild temps and less crowds to fight.
Winter: December to February
Winter is low season in France, which can make it quite a lovely time to visit – low room rates and no crowds at the Louvre! Things might be a little different in the alpine areas though, with snowboarders and skiers from all over the world heading here from December to March. In the south of France, the winters are fairly mild, though this area does get the winter winds. Paris in winter is pretty damp and wet, so it’s a great time to wander the museums or check out the Christmas markets with a mulled wine in hand.
Spring: March to May
Many Francophiles swear by springtime in France. The countryside is like a dream bursting with flowers in bloom, the cities have pleasant temps for wandering and seeing the sights and the beaches aren’t yet packed. It’s also when wonderful events like the Cannes Film Festival and the French Open are on. In the south of the country, temperatures hover around 20 degrees Celsius, while coming out of winter; the north is still a little cool. By May, all locals (and tourists!) are in Breton tees and chinos…well most!