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The Seasons in Paris

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Seasons in Paris are similar to those in much of Europe with a temperate climate and a fair amount of rain. Paris experiences mostly mild weather across four distinct seasons. Extreme cold or heat are fairly rare, but rain is not. In Paris, light showers can come and go quickly throughout the day. Average daily highs range from 8°C (46°F) in the winter to 25°C (77°F) at the height of summer.

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Spring (21 March-21 June)

Springtime, my favourite of all the seasons in Paris
Springtime, my favourite of all the seasons in Paris

Spring is one of the most popular seasons to visit Paris. March starts out chilly with daily highs of around 12°C (54°F). By May the weather warms up to a pleasant 20°C (68°F). Nights remain pretty cold throughout the season and don’t be surprised by light showers. Afternoon rain showers are more frequent in the later spring months (especially May). Spring is one of the two rainiest seasons in Paris, with about 12 days/month of rainy weather.

Key Events:

Foire du Trone (March)
International Marathon of Paris (April)
VE Day (May)
French Open Tennis Championship (May-June)

Average temperatures and rainfall:MinimumMaximumRain in mmNumber of wet days
March4°C12°C3514
April6°C16°C4214
May10°C20°C5712

Summer (21 June-21 September)

Summertime, the busiest season for visiting Paris
Summertime, the busiest season for visiting Paris

Summer is the height of tourist season in Paris, and it is accompanied by matching high temperatures. Expect daily highs of at least 25°C (83°F), accompanied by brisk nights of around 13°C55°F (55°F). While these temperatures may not seem very high to some, keep in mind that humidity can make Paris feel warmer. Summer is the least rainy of the seasons in Paris, but not by much. You can still expect a couple of rainy days per week, but the rest of the time will be nice and warm.

Key Events:

Fete de St-Denis (June)
Fete de la Musique (June)
Tour de France (July)
Bastille Day (July)

Average temperatures and rainfall:MinimumMaximumRain in mmNumber of wet days
June13°C23°C5911
July15°C25°C5911
August14°C24°C6410

Autumn (21 September-21 December)

Seasons in Paris - Fall
Fall, a great time of year to visit Paris

Autumn brings magical colour and fewer crowds to the city of Paris. Some days, especially in September, will still be fairly warm. It’s a wet season and temperatures cool down quite a bit beginning in October, but it’s not yet too cold to enjoy spending time outdoors. Be prepared for the occasional chilly rain shower and a bit of wind. Daily highs range anywhere from 8°C (46°F) to 17°C (62°F).

Key Events:

Paris Fashion Week (September)
Fete d’Automne (September-December)
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (October)
Armistice Day (November)

Average temperatures and rainfall:MinimumMaximumRain in mmNumber of wet days
September12°C21°C5511
October8°C16°C5013
November6°C11°C5415
December5°C10°C5115

Winter (21 December-21 March)

Wintertime, the off season in Paris
Wintertime, the off season in Paris

Despite shorter days and decidedly wetter weather, the winter season in Paris can truly be a magical experience. Enhanced by the occasional dusting of snow, the French capital sparkles under the glow of festive holiday lights. Expect daily highs of 8°C (46°F) and nighttime temperatures near freezing. Winter is very wet in Paris, tied with spring for the rainiest seasons.

Key Events:

Le Salon Nautique de Paris (December)
Fete de St-Sylvestre (December)
Paris Fashion Week (February-March)

Average temperatures and rainfallMinimumMaximumRain in mmNumber of wet days
January2°C7°C5014
February1°C6°C5613
March1°C7°C4614

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