Weather in December in France

Many people wonder what the weather conditions are in December in France. Is this month a good time to go to France? To answer that question we created this page with all the information you need.

What is the weather like in France in December?

The weather in France in December ranges from poor to tolerable depending on the destination. December is a winter month in France.

December has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from cold in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc with 3°C (37°F) to moderate temperatures in Toulon with 14°C (57°F). Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 8°C (46°F) in Toulon and -6°C (22°F) in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.

Precipitation ranges from moderate in Saint-Étienne with 38mm (1.5inch) rainfall to high in Brest with 149mm (5.9inch) rainfall. In general it is also a dark month with an average of 58 hours of sunshine in Paris during the whole month.

We invite you to have a look at the map below to find out more about the different weather conditions per location in France.

Where to go in France in December

Find the average weather conditions in December for the most popular destinations in France on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inch a month).

Popular destinations in France

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

Average weather in Paris

In December Paris generally has cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 8°C (46°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 4°C (39°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Paris
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
11°C / 52°F 
6°C / 43°F 
75 hours 
56mm / 2.2inch 
10 days 
8°C / 46°F 
4°C / 39°F 
58 hours 
64mm / 2.5inch 
11 days 
poor 
January   >> January
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8°C / 46°F 
3°C / 38°F 
63 hours 
49mm / 1.9inch 
10 days 
poor 
Climate in Paris

Average weather in Cannes

In December Cannes generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 14°C (57°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 9°C (47°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are tolerable that month.

Cannes
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
17°C / 62°F 
11°C / 52°F 
156 hours 
102mm / 4inch 
7 days 
14°C / 57°F 
9°C / 47°F 
137 hours 
89mm / 3.5inch 
7 days 
January   >> January
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13°C / 55°F 
7°C / 45°F 
150 hours 
67mm / 2.6inch 
6 days 
Climate in Cannes

Average weather in Nice

In December Nice generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 14°C (57°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 9°C (47°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are tolerable that month.

Nice
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
17°C / 62°F 
11°C / 52°F 
156 hours 
102mm / 4inch 
7 days 
14°C / 57°F 
9°C / 47°F 
137 hours 
89mm / 3.5inch 
7 days 
January   >> January
>>  
13°C / 55°F 
7°C / 45°F 
150 hours 
67mm / 2.6inch 
6 days 
Climate in Nice

Average weather in Lyon

In December Lyon generally has cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 7°C (45°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 2°C (35°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Lyon
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
11°C / 52°F 
4°C / 40°F 
75 hours 
83mm / 3.3inch 
9 days 
7°C / 45°F 
2°C / 35°F 
54 hours 
55mm / 2.2inch 
9 days 
poor 
January   >> January
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6°C / 44°F 
0°C / 32°F 
72 hours 
49mm / 1.9inch 
9 days 
poor 
Climate in Lyon

Average weather in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

In December Chamonix-Mont-Blanc generally has cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 3°C (37°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around -6°C (22°F) and high monthly snow/rainfall. So on average the conditions are poor that month.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly snow/rainfall Snow/rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
8°C / 46°F 
-2°C / 28°F 
100 hours 
101mm / 4inch 
10 days 
poor 
3°C / 37°F 
-6°C / 22°F 
75 hours 
111mm / 4.4inch 
11 days 
poor 
January   >> January
>>  
3°C / 37°F 
-7°C / 19°F 
70 hours 
93mm / 3.7inch 
10 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 go to France?

In our opinion December is not the best time to visit France with commonly poor weather in Paris.

On average the best time to visit France is in May, June, July, August and September with generally perfect weather in Paris. The worst months are January, February and December that can have poor weather conditions.

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