Wondering about the weather in Paris, France, especially if you're planning a trip to the City of Light and want to decide the best season or month to travel?

Paris enjoys a generally temperate climate with four distinct seasons - but you'll find a surprising amount of overlap between the seasons along with lots of unpredictability.

Occasionally you may experience the joy of a few spring-like days in the 50s and 60s (10°-20°C) during the winter months of December, January, and February.  Similarly, on occasional summer nights during June, July, and August can dip to the upper 30s/low 40s (4° to 6°C) and feel like winter.

Although Paris temperatures typically hover in a moderate range, you may also be surprised by the extremes.

Minimum temperature readings can plunge into the teens or lower during the long stretch from November through March.  Even August in Paris can sometimes be cold, with daytime temperatures in the low 40s (6°C) accompanied by strong wind and rain. 

Paris summer months offer lovely warm weather with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s (24° to 26°C) - except when occasional heat waves send daily temperatures soaring to 100 degrees and beyond (38+°C), including a scorching record-breaker in July 2019 when local weather stations recorded 109°F (43°C). 

What about rain?  The climate of Paris is relatively dry, with average annual precipitation totaling just 25.6 inches (65 cm).  Precipitation falls on an average of 110 days, distributed relatively evenly across all months.

But there are exceptions. Sometimes so much rain falls at once that the ground becomes saturated, causing the Seine River to overflow and flood the nearby Louvre, Orangerie, and Orsay museums.

None of these extremes should discourage you from visiting Paris.  But knowing about unusual conditions as well as Paris weather monthly averages can help you decide what to pack, where to stay (should you, for example, rent an un-airconditioned apartment during July?), and plan a few activities for a possible bad-weather day.

That's what this article is about.  You'll find Paris weather by month and season, packing tips, and suggestions for weather-proof activities in case you encounter unexpected conditions or extreme temperatures.  You can even check the Paris weather for today plus the forecast for the coming week. 

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Top photo: Eiffel Tower, on a sunny but partly-cloudy day, (c) Paris Discovery Guide


Paris Weather This Week

Wondering what the weather is like in Paris, France today? Here is today's weather forecast for Paris in Fahrenheit and Celcius, as well as the 7-day Paris forecast:

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Find out more about Paris Weather each Month:

Jan - Feb - March - April - May - June - July - Aug - Sept - Oct - Nov - Dec


Paris Spring Weather: March, April, May

Eiffel Tower view from Palais de Tokyo street-side tables on a gray day in February - but note the blooming flowers!
Magnolias blooming in Jardin du Palais Royal in early April

The beauty of spring in Paris feels euphoric, with clear blue skies, increasingly warm temperatures, and flowers bursting into bloom throughout the city. March weather in Paris often hovers on the chillier side, but you'll notice more warmth by April.

Parisians relax and sip wine (or enjoy an entire meal) at outdoor terraces in front of cafes, sit on park benches to soak up sun, and pack away their heavy winter coats in favor of light-weight trenches (although perhaps with layers of sweaters underneath). 

What's the most important thing to know about spring weather in Paris?  "Erratic" and "unpredictable" define it.  Daytime temperatures can soar to the upper 70s and 80s (26° to 32°C) with lots of sunshine, but also may hover in the low 40s (5°C), almost invariably accompanied by rain and wind.  

What to pack?  A water-resistant jacket or trench coat plus a sweater is a good idea, plus a couple of short-sleeved tops and maybe even a sleeveless one for those hot days in April and May.  Boots are not necessary, although you'll see plenty of Parisians still wearing their ankle boots.

Precipitation (usually rain, but you might also see a bit of snow) can vary from a little to a lot.  Sunny, dry weather can follow a week or two of gray, rainy days - but you never know when, or even if, this will happen.

Spring also marks a rapid transition from the short daylight hours of winter to the extremely long days of summer, with barely over 11 hours of daylight at the beginning of March to almost 16 hours by the end of May.

March Weather in Paris

Range of daily maximum temperatures during March:   44°F to 78°F (7°C to 26°C)
Range of daily minimum temperatures during March:  15°F to 50° F (-9°C to 10°C)

Record March high temperature (1991-present):   78°F (26°C) in 2021
Record March low temperature (1991-present):   15°F (-9°C) in 2005

Average March high temperature:  55°F (13°C)
Average March low temperature:  39°F (4°C)

Average precipitation for March:   2 inches (51 mm), over 10 days
Average hours of sunshine during March:  4 hours per day
Average hours of daylight:  12 hours, 0 minutes

Find out more about Paris Weather in March, plus what to pack & best things to do

April Weather in Paris

Range of daily maximum temperatures during April:   49°F to 84°F (9°C to 29°C)
Range of daily minimum temperatures during April:  28°F to 53° F (-2°C to 12°C)

Record April high temperature (1991-present):   84°F (29°C) in 2018
Record April low temperature (1991-present):   28°F (-2°C) in 1991

Average April high temperature:  62°F (17°C)
Average April low temperature:  43°F (6°C)

Average precipitation for April:   2 inches (51 mm), over 9 days
Average hours of sunshine during April:  5.5 hours per day
Average hours of daylight:  13 hours, 50 minutes

Find out more about Paris Weather in April, plus what to pack & best things to do

May Weather in Paris

Range of daily maximum temperatures during May:   51°F to 89°F (11°C to 32°C)
Range of daily minimum temperatures during May:  33°F to 57° F (1°C to 14°C)

Record May high temperature (1991-present):   89°F (32°C) in 2017
Record May low temperature (1991-present):   33°F (1°C) in 2019

Average May high temperature:  69°F (21°C)
Average May low temperature:  49°F (9°C)

Average precipitation for May:   2.6 inches (65 mm), over 10 days
Average hours of sunshine during May:  6.6 hours per day
Average hours of daylight:  15 hours, 20 minutes

Find out more about Paris Weather in May, plus what to pack & best things to do


Paris Summer Weather: June, July, August

Rosa Bonheur Sur Seine, a floating bar near the Pont Alexandre III bridge in the 7th arrondissement
Rosa Bonheur Sur Seine, a floating bar near the Pont Alexandre III bridge in the 7th arrondissement

Summer weather in Paris can be glorious, with very long days and average daytime temperatures in the mid-to-upper 70s (24° to 26°C). 

"Beaches" lined with chairs for lounging, wine bars, and in some areas, water sports pop up along the Seine River, while floating bars dot the river's edge.  Paris parks attract visitors lots of free outdoor film and music festivals, plus grassy slopes for relaxing.  Summer is also a fantastic time of the year to visit Versailles Palace, Disneyland Paris, and Monet's famous gardens with lily ponds at Giverny.

Sounds idyllic, right?  Well, as always in Paris, you may also encounter a few days of extreme weather. 

Heat waves lasting several days can occur when sirocco winds blow masses of hot air up from the Maghreb in North Africa, causing temperatures to soar to around 100° (38°C) or more, hitting an all-time high of 109° (43°C) in July, 2019.  Paris doesn't get these every year - but they seem to be become more frequent.

At other times, cool fronts move in from the Atlantic, bringing a few days of rain and chilly temperatures in the low 40s to mid-50s (5° to 13°C).

Pack light-weight clothing to stay comfortable in the (sometimes extreme) heat, but do add a sweater or two, or a light jacket.  Sandals can be tempting but since sidewalks are not reliably free of dog poop, you may feel happier in closed-toe shoes.

Although both June and July tend to have a bit less rainfall on average than August (which typically has only 7 days with precipitation), June in particular sometimes gets torrential rains that saturate the ground and cause the Seine River to overflow its banks, triggering river-side museums (Louvre, Orangerie, Orsay) to close as they protect their art.  

Despite all of this, summer is still a fantastic time to visit Paris - but if you're planning to rent an apartment for your visit, you might want to strongly consider choosing one with air-conditioning, especially during July and August.

June Weather in Paris

Range of daily high temperatures during June:   62°F to 99°F (17°C to 37°C)
Range of daily low temperatures during June:  38°F to 68° F (3°C to 20°C)

Record June high temperature (1991-present):   99°F (37°C) in 2017
Record June low temperature (1991-present):   38°F (3°C) in 2006

Average June high temperature:  75°F (24°C)
Average June low temperature:  55°F (13°C)

Average precipitation for June:   2 inches (51 mm), over 9 days
Average hours of sunshine during June:  6.5 hours per day
Average hours of daylight:  16 hours, 5 minutes

Find out more about Paris Weather in June, plus what to pack & best things to do

July Weather in Paris

Range of highest daily temperatures during July:   68°F to 109°F (20°C to 43°C)
Range of lowest daily temperatures during July:  45°F to 66° F (7°C to 19°C)

Record July high temperature (1991-present):   109°F (43°C) in 2019
Record July low temperature (1991-present):   45°F (7°C) in 1993

Average July high temperature:  79°F (26°C)
Average July low temperature:  59°F (15°C)

Average precipitation for July:   2.4 inches (61 mm), over 8 days
Average hours of sunshine during July:  7 hours per day
Average hours of daylight:  15 hours, 40 minutes

Find out more about Paris Weather in July, plus what to pack & best things to do

August Weather in Paris

Range of daily maximum temperatures during August:   67°F to 104°F (19°C to 40°C)
Range of daily minimum temperatures during August:  43°F to 64° F (6°C to 18°C)

Record August high temperature (1991-present):   104°F (40°C) in 2003
Record August low temperature (1991-present):   43°F (6°C) in 2014

Average August high temperature:  79°F (26°C)
Average August low temperature:  58°F (14°C)

Average precipitation for August:   2.2 inches (56 mm), over 7 days
Average hours of sunshine during August:  7 hours per day
Average hours of daylight:  14 hours, 20 minutes

Find out more about Paris Weather in August, plus what to pack & best things to do


Paris Fall Weather: September, October, November

Fall foliage on European Horse Chestnut trees in Tuileries Garden - Photo credit: iStock.com/encrier
Fall foliage on European horse chestnut trees in Tuileries Garden - Photo credit: iStock.com/encrier

Paris typically enjoys fantastic autumn weather, without the extremes of other seasons, and by late September, you'll even see tinges of fall foliage color as leaves slowly turn golden.

Although November is noticeably cooler, rainier, and has far fewer hours of daylight than September or even October, all three months usually experience a number of balmy days. 

In fact, daytime temperatures during Paris weather in September can soar into the 90s (33+°C), although usually only for a day or two at a time. 

When you're packing for your trip, make sure to include something cool enough to wear on hot days that can serve as an extra layer during crisp Paris weather in fall.  You'll also need a jacket when you visit Paris in the fall, especially during November, plus a sweater or two to layer underneath when needed.

Paris usually attracts quite a few tourists as well as business travelers during September and October, but by November, crowds begin to thin out as the days grow shorter and temperatures drop, especially during the second half of the month.  But that's when Christmas lights start to turn on and Christmas markets begin to open, so you may not notice the chill!

Weather in Paris in September

Range of daily maximum temperatures during September:   61°F to 94°F (16°C to 34°C)
Range of daily minimum temperatures during September:  38°F to 66° F (3°C to 19°C)

Highest September temperature (1991-present):   94°F (34°C) in 2020
Lowest September temperature (1991-present):   38°F (3°C) in 2012

Average September high temperature:  71°F (22°C)
Average September low temperature:  52°F (11°C)

Average precipitation for September:   2 inches (51 mm), over 8 days
Average hours of sunshine during September:  5.5 hours per day
Average hours of daylight:  12 hours, 30 minutes

Find out more about Paris Weather in September, plus what to pack & best things to do

Paris Weather in October 

Range of daily maximum temperatures during October:   58°F to 83°F (14°C to 28°C)
Range of daily minimum temperatures during October:  27°F to 60° F (-3°C to 16°C)

Record October high temperature (1991-present):   83°F (28°C) in 2011
Record October low temperature (1991-present):   27°F (-3°C) in 1997

Average October high temperature:  62°F (17°C)
Average October low temperature:  47°F (8°C)

Average precipitation for October:   2.4 inches (61 mm), over 9 days
Average hours of sunshine during October:  4 hours per day
Average hours of daylight:  10 hours, 40 minutes

Weather in Paris in November

Range of daily maximum temperatures during November:   42°F to 71°F (6°C to 22°C)
Range of daily minimum temperatures during November:  17°F to 51° F (-8°C to 11°C)

Record November high temperature (1991-present):   71°F (22°C) in 2015
Record November low temperature (1991-present):   17°F (-8°C) in 1998

Average November high temperature:  52°F (11°C)
Average November low temperature:  40°F (4°C)

Average precipitation for November:   2 inches (51 mm), over 10 days
Average hours of sunshine during November:  2.5 hours per day
Average hours of daylight:  9 hours, 5 minutes


Paris Winter Weather: December, January, February

Paris in December weather: Seine River cruise on a balmy winter day
Paris in December weather: Seine River cruise on a balmy winter day

Travel advice often characterizes winter in Paris as quite cold and gray, but that's not totally accurate.  Sure, some days fit that description, but if you live in a cold climate such as the northern U.S., Canada, or Northern Europe, you might be more inclined to call it "chilly." 

Average high temperatures for all three months hover in the upper 40s (8° to 9°C), but each month usually includes a few (or more) days in the 60s (17° to 20°C).  February even experienced a high of 70° (21°C) a few years ago.  You'll certainly need to bring a medium or heavy-weight coat or jacket, but make sure you also pack a sweater or two.

December does have the most days with precipitation (11), but the rain usually comes in the form of brief showers and drizzle.  Even when it falls steadily, the rain seldom continues all day - but for those wet days, bring waterproof ankle boots or walking shoes to protect your feet from feeling frozen by the cold Paris winter weather.

Will you see snow during the winter in Paris?  Maybe, but not much - maybe a few days with a dusting and perhaps a couple with an accumulation of 1-2 inches (2.5 to 5cm).  It usually melts quickly as the temperature rises.  Ice fog - yes, that's literally frozen fog - is more common. 

Are Paris winters dark and dreary?  Not really.  Christmas lights, decorations, and markets keep the city bright and festive between mid-November and early January.  Ice skating rinks pop up in a few locations.  The big semi-annual sales start in early January and usually continue through early February.  Museums host some of their best exhibitions during winter months.  And by late February, you can spot blossoms on the earliest magnolia and cherry trees as well as patches of daffodils in Paris parks.

Paris Weather in December

Range of daily maximum temperatures during December:   33°F to 62°F (1°C to 17°C)
Range of daily minimum temperatures during December:  14°F to 56° F (-10°C to 13°C)

Record December high temperature (1991-present):   62°F (17°C) in 2000
Record December low temperature (1991-present):   14°F (-10°C) in 1996

Average December high temperature:  47°F (8°C)
Average December low temperature:  36°F (2°C)

Average precipitation for December:   2.4 inches (61 mm), over 11 days
Average hours of sunshine during December:  1.5 hours per day
Average hours of daylight:  8 hours, 20 minutes

Weather in Paris in January

Range of monthly high temperatures during January:   35°F to 62°F (2°C to 17°C)
Range of monthly low temperatures during January:  8°F to 50° F (-13°C to 10°C)

Highest monthly January temperature (1991-present):   62°F (17°C) in 2003
Lowest monthly January temperature (1991-present):   8°F (-13°C) in 2010

Average daily January high temperature:  46°F (8°C)
Average daily January low temperature:  35°F (2°C)

Average precipitation for January:   2 inches (51 mm) over 10 days
Average hours of sunshine during January:  2 hours per day
Average hours of daylight:  8 hours, 50 minutes

Find out more about Paris Weather in January, plus what to pack & best things to do

February Weather in Paris

Range of monthly high temperatures during February:   31°F to 70°F (-1°C to 21°C)
Range of monthly low temperatures during February:  10°F to 50° F (-12°C to 10°C)

Highest monthly February temperature (1991-present):   70°F (21°C) in 2019
Lowest monthly February temperature (1991-present):   10°F (-12°C) in 1991

Average daily February high temperature:  48°F (9°C)
Average daily February low temperature:  35°F (2°C)

Average precipitation for February:   1.6 inches (41 mm), over 9 days
Average hours of sunshine during February:  3 hours per day
Average hours of daylight:  10 hours, 10 minutes

Find out more about Paris Weather in February, plus what to pack & best things to do


Weather-Proof Paris Attractions & Things to Do

Glass-enclosed Seine River dinner cruise
Glass-enclosed Seine River dinner cruise on a steamy August evening

These activities will insulate you from the weather, whether it's too rainy, too cold, or hot and steamy:

  • Seine River Dinner Cruise - Savor a gourmet meal in a climate-controlled glass-enclosed boat while seeing famous sights along the river
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour Bus - Stay warm and dry while you ride on the covered upper deck or enclosed lower deck
  • Wine Museum Guided Tour with Wine Tasting - Visit the wine cellars of the former French King next to the Louvre, learn about French wine, and taste a few different types
  • Moulin Rouge - Enjoy an evening of entertainment and champagne in this famous Paris cabaret - or choose the gourmet dinner option
  • Paris Museums - You won't care what the weather outside is like when you use a Paris Museum pass for free admission to the Louvre, Orsay, Versailles, and almost 60 other famous Paris museums and attractions

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