Climate & Weather in Paris

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Climate in Paris

Someone once described Paris as spiritually a southern European city which has the misfortune to find itself located in northern Europe! What that refers to is, of course, the weather. From June to September, Paris can have some very hot days or even weeks. However, just as is the case everywhere in northern Europe, good weather can’t be absolutely guaranteed and the weather in general can be unpredictable. Yes, it can rain and even be a little chilly in July and August. Winters are rarely extreme and are more typically cold, wet, grey and windy rather than heavy ice and snow. Humidity in summer can be high but it’s more commonly perfectly pleasant. The best advice is to bring a variety of clothing with you and anticipate rain at any time of the year. Make that clothing warmer in the period October to April/May and lighter for the rest of the year. Withlocals tours will always find lots of interesting things to do in Paris though, irrespective of the weather!

Top things to do in Paris

Off the beaten path tour of "Le Marais"

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French Dinner for Food Lovers

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A Typical Parisian Night Out with a Local

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Seasons and temperatures in Paris

Paris pretty much empties of Parisians for much of August when the locals will pack up and head (traditionally) for the French coasts for 2-3 weeks. Normally, the weather in summer is good, warm and sunny with some heatwaves a possibility but they’re usually of short duration. Warm rain and some grey days are also a possibility.

Those locals that don’t head out into the country may use the excellent recreational facilities in their city and day-trips to the various sights are very popular. Although July and August are the peak tourist months, paradoxically, they’re also amongst the quieter periods in the city overall due to the mass holiday exodus. That can help you get into those restaurants, bars and clubs that bit easier. Do watch out though as, very oddly, some businesses (usually smaller family-owned ones) will actually also close at the peak of the visitor season for the owner’s holiday!

The entire feeling of Paris changes in winter. It becomes more atmospheric. It can be pretty cold but that’s ideal for exploring its many streets and covered galleries. If you like to see the authentic Paris with local tours, you may find that fall, spring and winter are a better reflection of Parisian life than the peak summer months.

Fall and spring both have their own merits here. Spring is when the city starts to shake of the doldrums of winter and really blossom again while fall is almost a time of quiet reflection.

Whenever you visit Paris, it’ll charm you though – whatever the weather is doing outside!

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Paris Favourite Food tour: the 10 Tastings

Edith was great, very knowledgeable about the area and the places we visited, and fun to chat with! Would definitely recommend!

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A Day Like a Parisian Tour

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