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Best time to visit France

France has regional differences: there is a Mediterranean climate in the south and wetter weather in the north. Most French businesses close between mid-June and August, as they all migrate to the sun in the south then. Although as a tourist you will hardly notice this.

The best time to visit most of France is in spring (April to June) and autumn (September to November). The most reliable and sunny weather can be found along the Mediterranean coast and on Corsica. Here the winters are short and the summer period is long and hot with good weather almost every day. Here you will have a wonderful time in the summer.

Northern France is wet and unpredictable. The weather on the west coast and in the south is tempered by the proximity of the Atlantic Ocean. Central France and the east have a more continental climate, with cold winters and hot summers.

Winter sports in France

The months of January, February and March are great months for winter sports in France. Fresh snow often falls in this period in northern and central France and the French Alps. The ski season usually lasts from late November through April. In the French Alps you have the widest choice of ski resorts and the snow conditions are the best.

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Climate North France by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°F) 43 45 53 60 65 70 75 75 70 61 51 45
Precipitation (inch) 13 12 11 6 11 13 15 10 6 7 11 16

Weather data from: Paris

Climate East France by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°F) 41 44 53 60 65 73 77 78 70 61 51 44
Precipitation (inch) 21 17 19 19 28 26 21 21 15 19 28 23

Weather data from: Lyon

Climate South France by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°F) 50 51 57 62 68 75 81 81 75 67 58 52
Water temperature (°F) 58 57 58 61 70 78 78 79 76 72 67 63
Precipitation (inch) 13 13 11 15 12 9 5 6 9 20 24 11

Weather data from: Marseille

Climate West France by month

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Temperature (°F) 48 49 55 60 65 71 75 75 72 64 55 50
Precipitation (inch) 17 15 12 11 11 9 9 8 7 12 18 22

Weather data from: Nantes




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France weather

The weather for France over the next 14 days will be 54°F till 77° with a few days chance of light rain showers or even quite a bit of rain.

The weather forecast for France is based on the weather in Paris.

5-day weather forecast France

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Monday
3 october
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68°F
52°F
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2 m/s
Tuesday
4 october
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72°F
54°F
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Wednesday
5 october
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77°F
57°F
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Thursday
6 october
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66°F
54°F
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Friday
7 october
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66°F
52°F
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View the 14 day weather forecast for France


Climate France

Click on a region of France to view the climate:

North France (Paris)

North France has a oceanic climate. There is rainfall during all months of the year. The average annual temperature for North France is 30° degrees and there is about 131 inch of rain in a year. It is dry for 185 days a year with an average humidity of 79% and an UV-index of 3.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°F) 43 45 53 60 65 70 75 75 70 61 51 45
Night temp. (°F) 35 35 39 43 47 53 58 58 53 48 42 37
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (inch) 13 12 11 6 11 13 15 10 6 7 11 16
Days with rain 15 12 11 12 13 14 15 12 9 10 11 14
Days with snow 3 3 1 - - - - - - - - 2
Dry days 13 13 19 18 18 16 16 19 21 21 19 15
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 4 5 6 8 8 9 9 9 8 6 4 4
Wind force (Bft) 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3
UV-index 2 2 3 3 4 5 5 5 4 3 2 2

Weather data from: Paris

East France (Lyon)

East France has a oceanic climate. There is rainfall during all months of the year. The average annual temperature for East France is 30° degrees and there is about 258 inch of rain in a year. It is dry for 127 days a year with an average humidity of 80% and an UV-index of 3.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°F) 41 44 53 60 65 73 77 78 70 61 51 44
Night temp. (°F) 32 32 37 42 47 54 57 57 52 46 40 34
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (inch) 21 17 19 19 28 26 21 21 15 19 28 23
Days with rain 18 14 16 17 20 19 18 13 12 13 15 16
Days with snow 7 6 2 - - - - - - - 2 5
Dry days 6 8 13 13 11 11 13 18 18 18 13 10
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 4 6 7 9 9 10 11 11 9 7 5 5
Wind force (Bft) 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2
UV-index 2 2 3 3 4 5 5 5 4 3 2 2

Weather data from: Lyon

South France (Marseille)

South France has a oceanic climate. There is rainfall during all months of the year. The average annual temperature for South France is 35° degrees and there is about 145 inch of rain in a year. It is dry for 240 days a year with an average humidity of 70% and an UV-index of 4.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°F) 50 51 57 62 68 75 81 81 75 67 58 52
Night temp. (°F) 43 42 47 52 57 63 68 69 64 58 51 45
Water temp. (°F) 58 57 58 61 70 78 78 79 76 72 67 63
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (inch) 13 13 11 15 12 9 5 6 9 20 24 11
Days with rain 10 9 10 12 10 7 5 5 7 9 11 8
Days with snow - 1 - - - - - - - - - -
Dry days 21 18 21 18 21 23 26 26 23 22 19 23
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 6 8 9 10 11 12 12 12 10 8 6 6
Wind force (Bft) 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4
UV-index 3 3 4 4 5 6 6 6 5 4 3 3

Weather data from: Marseille

West France (Nantes)

West France has a oceanic climate. There is rainfall during all months of the year. The average annual temperature for West France is 32° degrees and there is about 149 inch of rain in a year. It is dry for 187 days a year with an average humidity of 81% and an UV-index of 4.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Day temp. (°F) 48 49 55 60 65 71 75 75 72 64 55 50
Night temp. (°F) 38 37 39 42 48 54 57 57 54 50 45 41
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Precipitation (inch) 17 15 12 11 11 9 9 8 7 12 18 22
Days with rain 16 13 14 12 13 11 12 10 8 11 14 14
Days with snow 1 1 - - - - - - - - - -
Dry days 14 14 17 18 18 19 19 21 22 20 16 17
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sun hours per day 4 6 7 8 9 11 10 9 8 7 5 5
Wind force (Bft) 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
UV-index 2 2 3 3 4 5 5 5 5 4 3 3

Weather data from: Nantes

France weather by month

What is the average France weather like in a given month? Let's find out! Click on a month to check all the monthly averages for sunshine, temperature highs and lows, percentage chance of rain per day, snowfall accumulation and number of rainy days.


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Frequently asked questions

Where is France?

France lies in a straight line about 3,691 miles from United States (New York → Paris). By car the distance is 285 miles. The total travel time is 5 hours and 50 minutes.

How long is the flight to France?

The flight time from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to France is approximately 12 h. 50 min.

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What are the largest airports in France?

These are the largest airports in France:

  • Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG) in Paris
  • Paris-Orly Airport (ORY) in Paris
  • Lyon Saint-Exupéry Airport (LYS) in Lyon
  • Marseille Provence Airport (MRS) in Marseille
  • Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE) in Nice
  • Strasbourg Airport (SXB) in Strasbourg
  • Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE) in Nantes
  • Aurillac Airport (AUR) in Aurillac
  • Pontoise - Cormeilles-en-Vexin Airport (POX) in Cormeilles-en-Vexin
  • Lannion-Côte de Granit Airport (LAI) in Lannion

How many inhabitants does France have?

France has 67,247,000 inhabitants.

How big is France?

The surface area of France is 419,704 mi². It is 2x bigger than United States.

What is the capital of France?

The capital of France is Paris.

What is the currency of France?

In France, the Euro (EUR) is used for payment.

Exchange rates on 3 October 2022

  • 1 US dollar = 0.84 Euro
  • 1 Euro = 1.19 US dollar
  • 100 US dollar = 84.21 Euro
  • 100 Euro = 118.75 US dollar

What is the area code of France?

The area code to call France is +33.