France Weather

Right: Prehistoric art – Image of a horse from the Lascaux caves in Dordogne, France © Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Image of a horse from the Lascaux caves in Dordogne, France

Best time to vist France

The best time to visit France is anytime, however this will also depend on what you wish to do during your visit.

Skiers will best appreciate the snow-covered mountains in winter from mid-December to late March, while sun-worshippers may prefer the warmer south during summer from June to early September.

France has a climate that varies from region to region:

North Atlantic Coast
The west coast of France has a temperate maritime climate characterised by mild winters, warm summers and year round rainfalls. Summer, from June though to September brings sunny days with temperatures that often reach 30°C.

South Atlantic Coast
This region is similar to the north Atlantic coast but is warmer and sees the most rainfall in winter. Average summer temperatures in June to August range from 17°C to 19°C, with a high of 30°C.

West Central France
This region, including the Dordogne, experiences more extreme winters than the rest of France. Rainfall is highest in summer.

East Central France
This region, which includes Burgandy, has rain showers year round interspersed with spells of sunny weather. Spring is the best time to visit when conditions are mild and rainfall is minimal. Summer temperatures see an average high of 27°C.

Mediterranean Coast
This region has the driest climate in France. Expect hot summers with temperatures averaging 30°C and mild sunny winters. The French Mediterranean coast has the driest climate in France, with the most rain falling in spring (March, April and May) and autumn (mid-September, October and November).

The best time to visit the French Riviera is during May, June, September and October when temperatures averages 26°C, and you can avoid the crowds, noise, traffic jams, high prices and scorching heat of July and August when temperatures can soar beyond 35°C.


High season:

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

Low season:

The ski slopes during summer. Spring and Autumn offer the best deals and reasonable weather wherever you go if you can put up with the occasional rain showers.

Regions of France to explore

Ile de France, Paris
Loire Valley
Côte d'Azur
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