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.

What is the best month to visit Paris?
For sunny weather, July and August are the best months to visit Paris – the climate is perfect with warm, sunny weather and little to no rainfall.

However, anytime from mid-May through September is good for a range of activities.

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 (2in) 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 (11 mph; 10 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 (9 mph; 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 (8 mph; 7 knots).

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

Paris Weather Averages

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average high temperature (°C)
7 8 12 16 20 23 26 26 22 16 11 8
Average low temperature (°C)
2 2 4 6 10 13 15 14 12 8 5 3
Average daily sunshine (hrs)
2 3 4 5 6 6 7 7 5 4 2 2
Average daily daylight (hrs)
8 10 12 13 15 16 15 14 12 10 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 Low heat & humidity icon 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
Average days of rainfall (≥1mm)
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.

Source: Meteorological data for Paris is based on weather statistics gathered for the 30-year period 1991 to 2020 by Météo-France – the French national meteorological service – at the closest weather station: Paris Orly Airport (ORY), located about 14km (8mi) south of central Paris.

Advice on the best time to visit a particular destination is based on average local weather statistics, when the weather conditions are generally better than at other times of the year. We consider high and low temperatures, risk of rain (and thunderstorms, etc.), amount of sunshine and sea temperature. For general outdoor activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 18°C (64°F) and 27°C (80°F); and for hot-weather activities we favour clear, rainless days with a temperature range between 24°C (75°F) and 32°C (89°F). Often, the best times to visit correspond to high season and therefore involve higher prices.

Latest update: Best time to visit Paris: 12 May, 2024

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