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Paris's climate is generally not subject to extremes. Winters are cool, but rarely bitterly cold, while summers are warm, but not rain-free. Although the city has a reasonably low rainfall overall, be prepared for showers. Summer (June to the end of August) can be glorious. The longest days are in June and July, when you're likely to enjoy the most sunshine and comfortable temperatures. August can be hot, oppressive and stormy - Parisians who haven't fled the city tend to head down to the quais beside the Seine for a fresher breeze. If you're lucky, you'll have crisp, sunny days in Autumn (September to November). Snow is rare in winter. Spring is a pleasant time to visit Paris, when the chestnut trees are in blossom and the weather is warming up. If you choose hot and sunny July you'll be battling with many other visitors, but time it right and you'll experience the Bastille Day celebrations (14 July). August is quieter, as many Parisians flee to other parts of France to escape the oppressive heat or to 'Paris Plage' (beach by the Seine) in July and August. Some restaurants close for the whole month and there are fewer cultural activities.
Read more on this destination in the AA Spiral Guide to Paris.
Average climate in Paris
- January:Average temp 1-5 (°C) - Rainfall 45mm
- February: Average temp 1-7 (°C) - Rainfall 39mm
- March: Average temp 3-10 (°C) - Rainfall 39mm
- April: Average temp 5-13 (°C) - Rainfall 39mm
- May: Average temp 8-17 (°C) - Rainfall 45mm
- June: Average temp 11-21 (°C) - Rainfall 45mm
- July: Average temp 13-23 (°C) - Rainfall 45mm
- August: Average temp 13-23 (°C) - Rainfall 50mm
- September: Average temp 11-20 (°C) - Rainfall 45mm
- October: Average temp 8-15 (°C) - Rainfall 45mm
- November: Average temp 3-9 (°C) - Rainfall 45mm
- December: Average temp 2 -7(°C) - Rainfall 45mm