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The climate in France

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  • Spring

    Spring

    Rhône-Alpes. © Hemis.fr

  • Winter

    Winter

    Rhône-Alpes, L'Alpe d'Huez, ski resort. © Hemis.fr

  • Summer

    Summer

    Paris, the Barres Street. © Hemis.fr

  • Summer

    Summer

    The Tuileries gardens, Paris. © Hemis.fr

  • Summer

    Summer

    Rhône-Alpes. Massif des Bornes, panorama from La Tournette Path. The Chainon de La Tournette separates the Annecy Lake from the Thones Depression. © Hemis.fr

  • Spring

    Spring

    Franche-Comté. © Hemis.fr

  • Autumn

    Autumn

    Paris, Jardin du luxembourg. © Image Source

  • Summer

    Summer

    Corsica, view of the genoese fortress of Calvi. © Only France

Coastal, continental, mountainous and Mediterrnean, the climate in France is temperate, varying from west to east and especially between the north and south of the Loire region.

France enjoys mild temperatures throughout the year: not too hot and not too cold, with a plentiful mix of rainfall and sunshine. Naturally, each region has its own particular climate: cooler and wetter to the north and west and warmer and drier in the Mediterranean.

In winter , there is plenty of snow for winter sports enthusiasts to enjoy in mountainous areas. More rarely, snow falls on the plains, mainly north of the Loire, and extremely rarely in Paris.

In spring, temperatures quickly rise above 20°C in the south, with the first swimmers appearing in Nice and Cannes. From the month of May, the whole of France puts on a tee-shirt. The days lengthen and it's time to take a trip to the countryside and enjoy an aperitif on the terrace.

Summers are hot and peaceful, the sun shining across the whole country. There are temperatures to to suit everyone: often reaching 30°C in Ajaccio and Marseille, 25°C in Brest and Deauville. People top up their tans and throng the beaches. It's the perfect time to go on a long trek in the mountains or explore the various regions of France.

Autumn marks the return of the rain, with the weather turning cooler as Christmas approaches. All across the country, the trees begin to show off their new colours. Walkers go out a little more wrapped up and the days start getting shorter.