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Weather in December in France

Planning a getaway to France this December and curious about the weather you should prepare for? Discover all the vital details you need on this page, solving your puzzle:

What is the weather like in France in December?

France has a wide variety of climate types. During December, you can expect temperatures that range from very cold to moderate and precipitation levels ranging from moderate to heavy. December falls during the winter season.

Temperatures

The average highest temperatures fluctuate between very cold in Aussois at -4°C to moderate in Bonifacio at 15°C. Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 11°C in Bonifacio and -12°C in Aussois.

Precipitation

In December, precipitation varies across different areas. From moderate rainfall in Istres with an average of 53 mm to heavy rainfall in Morez with 186 mm. Based on climate data from the last 30 years, Paris receives the most rainfall during this month of the year.

Average sunshine

Most areas see fewer sunny days, with a projection of about 58 hours of sunshine in Paris. This reduced sunlight makes it ideal for those who prefer dimmer, overcast conditions over bright sunny days.

For a closer look at December's conditions in France, see the map below. For a more detailed look at France's yearly weather, check out our France climate page.

Where to go in France in December

Find more information for the most popular destinations in the France on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailes.

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Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20°C and 29°C and not too much precipitation (less than 90 mm a month).

Popular destinations

What is the weather like in December for the 5 most popular destinations in France?

Paris

In December Paris generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 9°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 3°C and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Paris
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
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sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
12°C 
5°C 
75 hours 
65 mm 
16 days 
9°C 
3°C 
58 hours 
77 mm 
16 days 
poor 
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8°C 
2°C 
63 hours 
61 mm 
17 days 
poor 
Climate in Paris

Cannes

In December Cannes generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 13°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 8°C and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Cannes
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
16°C 
10°C 
156 hours 
135 mm 
9 days 
13°C 
8°C 
137 hours 
83 mm 
8 days 
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12°C 
6°C 
150 hours 
68 mm 
9 days 
Climate in Cannes

Nice

In December Nice generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 13°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 6°C and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Nice
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
15°C 
9°C 
156 hours 
137 mm 
10 days 
13°C 
6°C 
137 hours 
86 mm 
8 days 
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12°C 
5°C 
150 hours 
70 mm 
9 days 
Climate in Nice

Lyon

In December Lyon generally has low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 8°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around 2°C and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Lyon
minimum temparatureMax temperature minimum temparatureMax temp
maximum temparatureMin temperature maximum temparatureMin temp
sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly rainfall precipitationRainfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
12°C 
4°C 
75 hours 
107 mm 
14 days 
poor 
8°C 
2°C 
54 hours 
83 mm 
15 days 
poor 
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8°C 
1°C 
72 hours 
78 mm 
16 days 
poor 
Climate in Lyon

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

In December Chamonix-Mont-Blanc generally has very low temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around -2°C, minimum nighttime temperatures around -11°C and heavy monthly snowfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
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sun hoursMonthly sun hours sun hoursSun hours
precipitationMonthly snowfall precipitationSnowfall
rain daysMonthly rainy days rain daysRainy days
conditionsWeather conditions conditionsWeather
3°C 
-7°C 
100 hours 
141 mm 
15 days 
poor 
-2°C 
-11°C 
75 hours 
168 mm 
16 days 
poor 
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-3°C 
-12°C 
70 hours 
151 mm 
17 days 
poor 
Climate in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

Is your destination not in the list? Have a look at other destinations in France.

Is December the best time to visit France?

In our opinion, December may not be the ideal time to visit France due to the typically poor weather in Paris.

Generally speaking, the best visiting conditions can be found in May, June, July, August and September offering mostly perfect weather in Paris. On the other hand, the weather in January, February and December tend to be poor.

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