Weather in Paris

You need to understand weather conditions in Paris to plan your trip to the city. Each station speaks differently of Paris. The city experiences a mild climate that is affected by the Atlantic Ocean. Winters are cold, and summers are pleasantly warm without being hot. Parisian weather gets infrequent influences of Arctic air mass and warmer winds from North Africa, and that is why there are times when the city can be very cold or very, very hot.

Usually, an annual amount of precipitation the city receives isn't extreme. There are more rainy days during the winter, but intense thunderstorms are frequent in summer on hot, muggy days.  In Paris, quick light showers happen very often throughout the day. Snowy days are rare.

As usual, the best time to visit Paris is from late spring through middle autumn. Mid-May through June is particularly pleasant, with long days and mild temperatures. Spring is beautiful but can be quite cold.

Average daily highs vary from 46°F (8°C) in the winter to 77°F (25°C) at the height of summer. To get a better idea of what kind of weather you can expect on your trip to the City of Light, check out each season one by one.

Seasons in Paris

Spring in Paris

Spring in Paris is mostly unstable, with temperatures ranging from pleasant to quite cold. In March, flowers barely blossom and trees along the boulevards are still not green. Short snowfalls can even occur in this period. Daily highs reach 54°F (12°C). It can still be chilly, with random winds and showers. Temperature doesn't change much by April. May can be a bit unpredictable. Despite pleasant temperatures - by May the weather warms up to a very pleasant 68°F (20°C); still, it can be an extraordinarily rainy month. Nights remain pretty cold throughout the season.

Summer in Paris

Summer is the peak of tourist season in Paris, and high temperatures are quite common. Expect daily highs of at least 83°F (25°C), followed by cold nights of about 55°F (13°C). While these temperatures may not seem very hot to some, Paris can feel warmer because of humidity. Summer is mild but can be muggy, hot, and humid. June is a fantastic period to visit Paris when the weather is usually warm, dry and sunny. The climate in July and August is hot with humid thunderstorms. The days are very long, with occasional rain. On rare occasions, temperatures can sometimes exceed 85 F, although this is not very common. 

Autumn in Paris

Temperatures decrease considerably at the beginning of October, but autumn is the perfect time to enjoy long walks in Paris neighborhoods. Be prepared for the occasional cold rain shower and a bit of wind. Daily highs range anywhere from 46°F (8°C) to 62°F (17°C). The landscapes are fabulous, and the atmosphere is chilling without the need for warm clothes.  In September, prices grow lower in Paris and queues in front of the landmarks become shorter.

It typically cools down in Paris in late October or November. If in September the sun is still present, in October its presence is substantially diminished, the temperatures fall to 16  degrees Celsius.  The umbrella should be again a permanent companion. 

November is a bit gloomier than other months, becoming chillier and darker, without losing its charm. This month is the ideal season to admire Paris in all its splendor when the city returns to work after the summer, and you can take advantage of the full range of museums, galleries and exhibitions and the lowest prices for accommodation.

Winter in Paris

Despite shorter days and wetter weather, winter is indeed a particular time of year in Paris. French capital shines under the glow of festive holiday lights.

Enhanced by the occasional snow, visiting Paris in winter can be a magical experience. During winter, average temperatures typically waver around 45°F (7°C) and nighttime temperatures near freezing. There are occasional warm days where temperatures in the upper 50s (10s) aren't uncommon. Similarly, there can be strikingly cold periods due to air masses from Russia.

In December, Paris lights up with decorated trees up and down the boulevards and many other places around the city in the same festive spirit of Christmas. It does not matter that the temperatures bring only 7 degrees. Because of the seasonal rush and a  corresponding rise in fares, travel to Paris in December can be costly. 

January and February are authentic winter months when the urban landscapes often include snow. Rates for accommodation and transport are at the lowest limit,  so an inexpensive holiday in Paris becomes possible. The cafes of Paris will be as charming as in any other time of the year, and hot coffee and a croissant are even more pleasant now. It is the ideal time to take advantage of the city's many sights and attractions, and in Disneyland, you can enjoy all the attractions in record time.  Warm clothes are more than necessary, the gloves and hats being the favorite accessories of the locals in this period. Winter is the discounts season.

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