Paris Climate & Weather

Paris Climate and Weather

Paris has a temperate climate. The city lies in the midst of the Ile de France region, which has France's lowest rainfall, however the city is known for its unexpected rain showers which can occur at any time of year. Spring, from March to May, is the driest season in Paris but rainfall is distributed fairly evenly throughout the other seasons. It is best to have an umbrella with you in Paris no matter what the season, but the rain showers are usually as brief as they are sudden. Snow is rare in Paris but the city does usually get a smattering in the winter months. Summer temperatures are mild to warm, with occasional heat waves, while winters are very chilly with temperatures hovering around freezing point. The average temperatures in Paris generally range between 41°F (5°C) during winter and 68°F (20°C) in summer. July is the hottest month of the year, although August can be almost as hot, and January is the coldest. November through January can be a little windy but generally wind is not a problem in Paris.

The best time to visit Paris is any time at all. Each season has its own joys and advantages. In August the locals themselves leave the city in droves for their national holiday and during this month some restaurants and shops close.

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