Best time to visit French Riviera

The best time to visit the French Riviera for hot-weather activities is from late-June to late-August, but anytime between June and September is good.

Note: to avoid the crowds, noise, traffic jams and high prices of July and August, visit Cannes in May, June and September.

The Mediterranean coast has the driest climate in France, with the most rain falling in spring and autumn.


French Riviera weather

The French Riviera enjoys warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters with 300 days of sunshine per year.

Summer temperatures average 27°C (87°F) but temperatures occasionally soar above 34°C (93°F); the evenings usually receive cooling sea breezes.

It's usually warm and dry on the French Riviera between late-June and mid-September. The cooler winter season lasts from late-November to March, with average daily high temperatures falling below 16°C (60°F).

Which is the hottest month in the French Riviera?
The hottest month in the French Riviera is normally August. Expect maximum daytime temperatures to reach 27°C (87°F), with moderate heat and humidity, and a night-time low of of 21°C (69°F).

Which is the sunniest month in the French Riviera?
The sunniest month in the French Riviera is July, with more than 10 hours of sunshine per day; that's around 66% of daylight hours.

Which is the coldest month in the French Riviera?
The coldest month in the French Riviera is usually January, with an average low of 5°C (41°F) and high of 13°C (55°F).

Which month has the most rain in the French Riviera?
October is usually the wettest month in the French Riviera with an average rainfall of 82mm. There are normally seven days in October with some rain.

The French Riviera receives light rain showers throughout the year, with October and November the wettest months.

When is the sea warmest in the French Riviera?
The sea is usually at its warmest in the French Riviera in August, with an average water temperature of 24°C (84°F).

What are the windiest months in the French Riviera?
The windiest month in the French Riviera is February, with an average hourly wind speed of 14 kilometres per hour (7.6 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from early-October through to the end of April, with average wind speeds of more than 11.8 kilometres per hour (6.4 knots).

The calmer time of year lasts from May through to early-October. The month with the least amount of wind month of the year in the French Riviera is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.8 kilometres per hour (5.3 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction in the French Riviera varies throughout the year. The wind is most often from the south from late-May to early-September, with a change from the east from early-September to late-May.


Seasons

High season: July and August. Typically, peak season in France revolves around school holidays – Christmas and New Year, mid-February to mid-March, Easter, July and August. Expect 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.


French Riviera – Monthly Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Ave High Temp (°C) 13 13 15 17 20 24 27 27 24 21 16 14
Ave Low Temp (°C) 5 6 8 11 14 18 20 21 18 14 9 6
Sunshine (Hrs daily) 5 5 6 7 8 9 10 9 7 6 5 5
Daylight (Hrs daily) 9 10 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Comfort Level Cold Cold Cold No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Moderately hot icon Moderately hot icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Cold
Humidity (%) 67 70 74 75 77 77 75 74 74 72 72 72
UV Index 1 2 4 5 7 8 8 7 5 3 2 1
Windspeed (km/h) 13 14 13 12 11 10 10 10 11 12 13 14
Days with some Rain 5 4 4 6 5 4 2 3 5 7 7 6
Ave Rainfall (mm) 48 40 38 47 40 25 11 22 51 82 81 58
Sea Temp (°C) 14 13 13 14 17 20 23 24 22 19 17 15
(Nice, 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.


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Latest update: French Riviera: 15 May, 2022



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