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Best time to visit Cannes

The best time to visit Cannes is during May, June and September when it’s still warm – around 24°C (75°F) – and you can avoid the crowds, traffic jams, high prices and scorching heat of July and August when temperatures often soar to 35°C (95°F) at midday.


Cannes weather

Cannes has one of the driest climates in France, with clear sunny days in summer and short mild winters, with the most rain falling in autumn.

Summer, from May to September, enjoys long, hot days made pleasant by cooling sea breezes.

Cannes sees an average high of 23°C (73°F) in June, 27°C (81°F) in July and August before dropping back to 24°C (75°F) in September. However, daytime temperatures in summer often soar to 35°C (95°F) and beyond.

Seawater temperature peaks at 23°C (73°F) in August.

Autumn sees an average high temperature of 20°C (68°F) in October and 16°C (61°F) in November, which receives the most rainfall in the year.

Winter, from December to February, is generally mild with an average high of around 13°C (55°F) and an average low of 5°C (41°F).

Spring, from March to May, sees a high of 14°C (57°F) in March, 16°C (61°F) in April and 20°C (68°F) in May. Light showers are fairly frequent.


Seasons

High season: May through August. (The Cannes Film Festival is held in May.)

Typically, peak season in France revolves around school holidays – Christmas and New Year, mid-February to mid-March, Easter, July and August. Expect sky-high hotel prices, packed beaches and traffic-clogged roads.

Low season: Spring and Autumn offer the best deals and reasonable weather despite the occasional rain showers.


Cannes – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave Temp (°C) 8 8 11 12 16 19 22 22 20 16 12 9
Ave High Temp (°C) 12 12 15 16 19 23 26 27 24 20 16 13
Ave Low Temp (°C) 3 4 6 8 12 14 17 17 15 11 7 4
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 5 5 7 8 9 10 11 10 8 7 5 5
Daylight (Hrs daily) 9 11 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Comfort Level Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity
Ave Humidity (%) 72 70 70 70 73 74 72 72 74 75 75 72
UV Index 1 2 4 5 7 8 8 7 5 3 2 1
Days with some Rain 7 8 7 9 8 6 3 3 6 9 7 7
Ave Rainfall (mm) 88 92 75 70 50 40 18 36 62 120 117 90
Sea Temp (°C) 13 13 13 14 17 20 22 24 22 20 17 15
(Cannes, France) J F M A M J J A S O N D

Note: Meteorological data is sourced from the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), with additional historical climate data sourced from Météo-France – the French national meteorological service.


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Latest update: Best time to visit Cannes: 22 November, 2019


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