Climate and Average Weather in France

France is divided into three climate zones. The majority of the country has a temperate maritime climate which means it is generally cold in winter, mild in summer and rainfall throughout the year. Mild winters and hot summers are usual along the Mediterranean sea (French riviera) and in the South West of France. The eastern part of this coastal area, the Cote D'Azur, is the sunniest part of France.

The French Alps, which are located in the southeast of France, have a high mountain climate. Relatively high rainfall, colder winters and relatively cool summers characterize this climate. Lots of snow falls in winter in the Mountainous regions like the Alps, Pyrenees and Auvergne.

Along the Rhône Valley a occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind blows known as the mistral. In July and August it's the peak of summer and many tourists from all over Europe invade France with caravans and tents.

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1. Average minimum and maximum temperature over the year
2. Average monthly precipitation over the year (rainfall, snow)
3. Average monthly hours of sunshine over the year
On certain pages we also offer other historical weather data like humidity, wind speed and water temperature.

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