Weather in March in France

Many people wonder what the weather conditions are in March 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 March?

The weather in France in March ranges from poor to tolerable depending on the destination.

March has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from cold in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc with 9°C (48°F) to moderate temperatures in Toulon with 17°C (62°F). Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 9°C (47°F) in Toulon and -3°C (27°F) in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc.

Precipitation ranges from moderate in Aix-en-Provence with 33mm (1.3inch) rainfall to high in Biarritz with 102mm (4inch) rainfall. In general it is also a moderate sunny month with an average of 129 hours of sunshine in Paris during the whole month.

Where to go in France in March

Find the average weather conditions in March 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 March for the 5 most popular destinations in France?

Average weather in Paris

In March Paris generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 13°C (55°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 6°C (42°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant 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
9°C / 48°F 
4°C / 38°F 
88 hours 
41mm / 1.6inch 
9 days 
poor 
13°C / 55°F 
6°C / 42°F 
129 hours 
50mm / 2inch 
11 days 
April   >> April
>>  
17°C / 62°F 
8°C / 46°F 
173 hours 
47mm / 1.9inch 
9 days 
Climate in Paris

Average weather in Cannes

In March Cannes generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 15°C (59°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 9°C (48°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
13°C / 55°F 
7°C / 45°F 
159 hours 
49mm / 1.9inch 
5 days 
15°C / 59°F 
9°C / 48°F 
186 hours 
41mm / 1.6inch 
5 days 
April   >> April
>>  
17°C / 62°F 
11°C / 52°F 
210 hours 
72mm / 2.8inch 
7 days 
Climate in Cannes

Average weather in Nice

In March Nice generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 15°C (59°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 9°C (48°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
13°C / 55°F 
7°C / 45°F 
159 hours 
49mm / 1.9inch 
5 days 
15°C / 59°F 
9°C / 48°F 
186 hours 
41mm / 1.6inch 
5 days 
April   >> April
>>  
17°C / 62°F 
11°C / 52°F 
210 hours 
72mm / 2.8inch 
7 days 
Climate in Nice

Average weather in Lyon

In March Lyon generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 13°C (55°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 4°C (39°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant 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
9°C / 47°F 
1°C / 34°F 
101 hours 
44mm / 1.7inch 
8 days 
poor 
13°C / 55°F 
4°C / 39°F 
174 hours 
52mm / 2inch 
9 days 
April   >> April
>>  
17°C / 62°F 
7°C / 44°F 
190 hours 
76mm / 3inch 
9 days 
Climate in Lyon

Average weather in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

In March Chamonix-Mont-Blanc generally has cold temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 9°C (48°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around -3°C (27°F) and moderate 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
5°C / 41°F 
-6°C / 21°F 
120 hours 
85mm / 3.3inch 
9 days 
poor 
9°C / 48°F 
-3°C / 27°F 
175 hours 
86mm / 3.4inch 
10 days 
poor 
April   >> April
>>  
13°C / 55°F 
1°C / 33°F 
180 hours 
98mm / 3.9inch 
10 days 
Climate in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

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

Is March the best time to go to France?

In our opinion March is not the best time to visit France with commonly unpleasant 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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