When planning a trip to the enchanting city of Paris, the first question that comes to your mind is likely to be ‘When is the best time to go?’ Situated in the midst of the Ile de France region, which has a temperate climate and receives the lowest rainfall, Paris is a year-round destination visited by all the four seasons of the year, each highlighting its own charm and beauty. The ‘City of Lights’ appeals to all kind of travelers as it never gets unbearably hot even in summer, however, unexpected downpours can happen any time of the year.
Paris is a city which you can enjoy throughout any season or time of year. During the summer months, you can have a picnic, cruise along the river, or dine outside at a French cafe. However, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre look stunning surrounded by snow in the winter. Alternatively, you can relax in your hotel room and read a book, while looking out on the beautifully lit Paris skyline at night, which also makes a stunning photography opportunity.
Paris in Spring
If you ask people about the best season to visit Paris, most will probably talk about spring, which is a popular vacation time for tourists and locals alike. Spring is when the city’s famed café terrace culture is back, and Paris seems to reawaken with its blooming tress, spectacularly beautiful avenues fringed with new green shoots and the feeling of joy in the air. This is the season when museums open and a wonderful time to indulge in outdoor adventures, including horse riding, hiking, cycling and even simply strolling. In May the weather is warm, but still mild and comfortable and it’s not a surprise why the city is so crowded during this month. Another reason spring is so popular with travelers is that there are many festivals, events and celebrities, like Bastille Day, Fete de la Musique and Tour de France, occurring in Paris. From exploring Paris Parks and Gardens and visiting most romantic places of interest to celebrating Easter in Paris, springtime is an ideal season.
Summer is the busiest visitor season and the season when Parisians desert the city for their own vacation. In summer Paris enjoys mild to warm temperatures, determined by occasional heat waves. July and August are the hottest and at the same time the wettest months in Paris and though it can be sticky-hot, there will still be gazillions of people for whom a summertime trip will be glorious and unforgettable. It is the season when the pace slows and the festivals begin. Held on each June 21, the Fete de la Musique is a free outdoor music festival that takes over the cafes and streets of Paris. Summer vacations in Paris are ideal for shopping enthusiasts, as this is the season when the official sale period begins. During this season do not miss out the French Open, one of the bigger tennis tournaments of the year; Paris Plage, a fun and popular ‘hideaway’ for locals who can’t afford to go France’s beaches that was originally intended to give the impression as if they are near the beach; and Outdoor Movies at Parc de la Villette with the unique opportunity to soak up the summer weather.
Fall is a fantastic season to visit the fascinating city. With cool air, fewer crowds, picture-perfect autumnal shades of trees lining the boulevards, a melody of new colors and atmospheres, this season warmly welcomes people to take part in several trade fairs and festivals organized in various areas of Paris and spend a not-to-forget vacation of a lifetime. Though the days may be getting shorter in autumn, you will feel no shortage of blooming colors and inspiring sights. Towards the end of the season, you’ll see Paris sparkling with Christmas decorations. Plan your trip in this season and enjoy Paris at its best.
Winter season in Paris is very chilly and is characterized by occasional snows and temperatures reaching freezing point. Sudden showers, sometimes with bail are possible between January and April. Winter season reflects the charm of Christmas festival in Paris providing the pleasure to have a cup of coffee in the cozy restaurants and cafes. Enjoy a walk through the streets and market places and experience the country to the fullest.
Below are the normal monthly temperature ranges for Paris:
|Paris weather in January||1°C (43°F)||6°C (34°F)|
|Paris weather in February||1°C (34°F)||7°C (45°F)|
|Paris weather in March||3°C (37°F)||11°C (52°F)|
|Paris weather in April||6°C (43°F)||14°C (57°F)|
|Paris weather in May||9°C (48°F)||18°C (64°F)|
|Paris weather in June||12°C (54°F)||21°C (70°F)|
|Paris weather in July||14°C (57°F)||24°C (75°F)|
|Paris weather in August||14°C (57°F)||24°C (75°F)|
|Paris weather in September||11°C (52°F)||21°C (70°F)|
|Paris weather in October||8°C (46°F)||15°C (59°F)|
|Paris weather in November||4°C (39°F)||9°C (48°F)|
|Paris weather in December||2°C (36°F)||7°C (36°F)|
Spring… Summer… Autumn… Winter? The choice is yours. The most romantic spot on Earth is wonderful any time of the year!