The City of Light is a perennial favorite as a holiday destination, and there are always wonderful things to do and see in one of Europe’s most historic and beautiful cities. The climate of Paris is similar to most of Western Europe, and throughout the year, the weather can be described as mild, with a moderate amount of annual rainfall, spread evenly throughout the year.
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Paris in summer is one of the most beautiful times to experience that legendary city. The weather is typically warm and comfortable for any outside activities. It is generally sunny, with the lowest average amount of rainfall throughout the year, only about 8 days per month.
The mean average temperature in the Parisian summer is an overnight low of 15C and a high of 25C. The past decade has seen a rise in average summer temperature and occasional heat waves that push the temperature considerably higher for short spurts of time.
The city is alive throughout the year, but the summer months offer the best opportunity to experience the full beauty of Paris in pleasant and comfortable weather. Spend an afternoon wandering down the historic Champs-Elysees, do some high end shopping at world-class boutiques, or have lunch at one of the boulevard’s famous restaurants like Granterroirs or La Table Louriston. For nature lovers, explore the Tuileries Garden or the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. The Bois du Boulogne is the spot of the old royal hunting grounds, and now contains an amusement park for children, the Jardin d’Acclimation. Afterwards, take in an outdoor performance of one of The Bard’s plays at the Jardin de Shakespeare. Any summer night can be finished with a sunset walk on the banks of the Seine, one of the most beautiful segments is the area near the Pont des Art, which was Napoleon’s favorite view of Paris. If you want to go slightly farther afield, the summer months are perfect for day trips to Monet’s famous gardens at Giverny or the picturesque Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte, which inspired the design and style of Versailles.
The autumnal months in Paris can be unpredictable, but they are generally mild in temperature and moderate in rainfall, the second least precipitous season behind summer. There are still unexpectedly cold or hot days randomly throughout the autumn, so check the daily weather and dress/plan accordingly.
The mean average temperature in the autumn in Paris bottoms out at an overnight low of 9C and a high of 15.5C. Rainfall is moderate in amount, and the frequency is roughly nine days per month through the autumn.
Due to the unpredictable nature of the autumnal weather, many summer activities can also be enjoyed in the autumn (see above). One very popular autumnal activity is the Vendanges de Montmartre (Montmartre Wine Harvest), where you can sample some of the finest offerings of the Montmartre wineries, the only wine-growing area in Paris. What goes better with wine than art? While in Montmarte, get lost in the winding streets where great artists like Picasso, Van Gogh, and Degas lived and worked. If art is really your thing, check out the FIAC (International Contemporary Art Fair) held every October throughout many of the museums in the city. For the past 40 years, the Paris Autumn Festival has been held in September, and showcases the newest and most exciting works in music, cinema, visual arts, and theatre. For fashion lovers, Paris Fall Fashion Week is held every October, and if music is your art of choice, don’t miss the JVC Jazz Festival, also held in October. One unique evening that many tourists are unaware of is the Nuit Blance, one evening in October when all libraries, museums, and churches remain open all night, and the local area governments provide breakfast for those who stay awake all night.
Although the weather is cold, winter is still a magical time to visit Paris, and there are plenty of winter activities during your stay. The weather does not get bitterly cold, and snow is relatively rare in winter, although recent years have seen a gradual increase in snowfall.
The mean average temperature for the winter season is an overnight low of 3C ranging up to a high of 7.5C during the day.
There might be a chill in the air, but Paris is still a great destination in the winter months, especially because there are far less tourists in the city, and it almost feels as though Paris has been emptied just for you to enjoy. During much of the winter, the Champs-Elysees is strung beautifully with decorative Christmas lights and you can try to stay on your feet on the free ice-skating rink that is set up outside the Montparnasse railroad station during the winter months. Don’t miss the Nativity Story performed on the steps of the legendary Notre Dame Cathedral every half hour throughout December and January. The winter is also the best chance to while away a day or two in the many museums Paris has to offer. The Louvre may be one of the best-known museums in the world, but make sure you also visit the Musee d’Orsay, the Rodin Museum, and National Museum of Modern Art (The Centre Pompidou). Since this is the low season in Paris, the tourist rush has all but disappeared, so café-hopping in various districts of the city is much easier and more fun without having to wait in lines or fight the crowds for a café au lait and a caramel banana crepe. Lastly, as winter comes to a close in February, catch the combination of two wonderful festivals at the Carrousel du Louvre. Book lovers and wine connoisseurs mix when the Bibliophile Fair and the Great Wines Fair happen concurrently in February.
As Paris shakes off the chill of winter, the city transforms itself into a metropolis of flowers, vibrant colors, and renewed life. The weather is brisk to mild, with a bit more rainfall than in the other seasons of the year, about 10 days a month on average.
The mean average temperature in the Parisian spring comes in at an overnight low of 7.5C and a high of 15C.
Spring is an exquisite time to visit Paris, and as the tourist season begins, the city becomes a bustling hub of culture, art, and energy. Some of the most iconic locations and attractions in Paris are ideal to visit in spring. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower for one of the greatest views Paris has to offer, or take the scenic walk up to Sacre Coeur Basilica in the Montmartre area of the city. The Arc de Triomphe, at the end of the Champs-Elysees, is one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city, and is a memorial to those lost in the French Revolutionary War and the Napoleonic Wars. For a unique afternoon in the city, pack a picnic lunch and visit Pere Lachaise, the 110-acre cemetery in the heart of Paris. It is one of the most visited cemeteries in the world, and is the burial place of many cultural heroes of France, including Chopin, Marcel Marceau, and Honore de Balzac. In March, Paris Spring Fashion Week attracts some of the biggest names in fashion and design to the city, and the Paris Marathon is one of the largest races in Europe, and is held in April. The spring is also a wonderful time for a riverboat cruise down the Seine, or some late night dancing and drinking at the famed Moulin Rouge in the Montmartre area of Paris.
Whatever you decide to do in Paris, and whichever season you choose to go, there are entertaining and season-specific activities for you and your whole family.
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