Best time to visit Paris

The best time to visit Paris is anytime. But for the best weather, visit from mid-May to mid-September.

The peak season in Paris is July and August, when the weather is at it's warmest.


Paris weather

Paris has a temperate climate of warm summers and cold winters, with moderate rainfall year-round.

Summer, from June to August, is usually warm and pleasant with an average high of 26°C (78°F) and a reasonable amount of sunshine.

You can also expect some hot days where temperatures climb above 32°C (90°F). Be prepared for brief rain showers at anytime.

Autumn, from September to November, sees a gradually decrease in temperature with more rainfall.

Winter, from December to February, is generally cold, wet and windy with an average temperature of 5°C (41°F). January is the coldest month of the year; December and February are only marginally warmer.

Spring, from March to May, is generally cold and wet.

Which is the hottest month in Paris?
The hottest time of year in Paris is normally July and August, when maximum daytime temperatures usually reach 26°C (78°F), with low to moderate heat and humidity.

However, on the warmest days of summer, the temperature may reach a high of 34°C (93°F).

The warm summer season lasts from mid-June to mid-September, with an average daily high temperature above 22°C (71°F).

Which is the coldest month in Paris?
The coldest month of the year in Paris is January, with an average high of 7°C (45°F) and a low of 2°C (35°F).

The cooler season lasts from mid-November to early-March, with an average daily high temperature below 10°C (50°F).

Which is the sunniest month in Paris?
The sunniest month in Paris is usually August with an average of seven hours of sunshine per day; that's on average 48% of daylight hours. July has a similiar level of sunshine.

Which month has the most rain in Paris?
December is usually the wettest month in Paris with 60mm of rainfall on average. There are normally 11 days in December with some rain.

Rain falls throughout the year in Paris. April through to January, has a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day.

The month with the least rainfall in Paris is August.

Which is the windiest month in Paris?
The windiest month of the year in Paris is Janaury, with an average hourly wind speed of 18 kilometres per hour (9 knots).

The windy part of the year lasts from mid-October through to mid-April, with average wind speeds of more than 15 kilometres per hour (8 knots).

The less-windy time of year lasts from mid-April through to mid-October. The calmest month of the year in Paris is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 13 kilometres per hour (7 knots).

The predominant average hourly wind direction varies throughout the year in Paris.


Paris – Monthly Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average daily max temp (°C)
7 8 12 16 20 23 26 26 22 16 11 8
Average daily min temp (°C)
2 2 4 6 10 13 15 14 12 8 5 3
Daily hours of sunshine
2 3 4 5 6 6 7 7 5 4 2 2
Daily hours of daylight
9 10 12 14 15 16 16 14 13 11 9 8
Comfort level
Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon Low heat & humidity icon No heat & humidity No heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity Cold, no heat & humidity
Average relative humidity (%)
86 81 74 68 68 67 64 65 72 81 87 87
UV Index (max)
1 2 3 4 6 7 7 6 4 3 1 1
Number of days with some rainfall
10 9 10 9 10 9 8 7 8 9 10 11
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
50 40 50 50 65 50 60 55 50 60 50 60
Average wind speed (km/h)
18 18 17 16 14 14 13 13 14 15 16 18
Paris, France

Holiday seasons

High season: High season in Paris revolves around French school holidays – Christmas and New Year, mid-February to mid-March, Easter and August. Expect high hotel and restaurant prices and traffic-clogged roads.

Parisians usually desert Paris during their annual jours fériés (holidays) in August; many shops, banks restaurants and museums (but not all) are closed.

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

Note: Book early if you plan to visit Paris during the last week of May and the first week of June, when the French Open tennis tournament of Roland Garros takes place; and the first two weeks of October (in even-numbered years) when the city is crowded with fans attending the Paris Car Show.


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.


Latest update: Best time to visit Paris: 2 August, 2022



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