Weather in May in France

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

The weather in France in May ranges from tolerable to perfect depending on the destination.

May has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from moderate in Cherbourg with 15°C (59°F) to warm temperatures in Nîmes with 23°C (74°F). Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 12°C (54°F) in Nîmes and 9°C (48°F) in Cherbourg.

Precipitation ranges from moderate in Île du Levant with 35mm (1.4inch) rainfall to high in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc with 121mm (4.8inch) rainfall. May can be the wettest month of the year. In general it is also a sunny month with an average of 200 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 May

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

Average weather in Paris

In May Paris generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 20°C (69°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 11°C (52°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect 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
<<   April April
<<  
17°C / 62°F 
8°C / 46°F 
173 hours 
47mm / 1.9inch 
9 days 
20°C / 69°F 
11°C / 52°F 
200 hours 
68mm / 2.7inch 
10 days 
June   >> June
>>  
24°C / 74°F 
15°C / 58°F 
203 hours 
50mm / 2inch 
9 days 
Climate in Paris

Average weather in Cannes

In May Cannes generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 21°C (69°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 15°C (58°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect 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
<<   April April
<<  
17°C / 62°F 
11°C / 52°F 
210 hours 
72mm / 2.8inch 
7 days 
21°C / 69°F 
15°C / 58°F 
251 hours 
49mm / 1.9inch 
6 days 
June   >> June
>>  
24°C / 75°F 
18°C / 64°F 
282 hours 
33mm / 1.3inch 
4 days 
Climate in Cannes

Average weather in Nice

In May Nice generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 21°C (69°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 15°C (58°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect 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
<<   April April
<<  
17°C / 62°F 
11°C / 52°F 
210 hours 
72mm / 2.8inch 
7 days 
21°C / 69°F 
15°C / 58°F 
251 hours 
49mm / 1.9inch 
6 days 
June   >> June
>>  
24°C / 75°F 
18°C / 64°F 
282 hours 
33mm / 1.3inch 
4 days 
Climate in Nice

Average weather in Lyon

In May Lyon generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 21°C (70°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 11°C (52°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect 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
<<   April April
<<  
17°C / 62°F 
7°C / 44°F 
190 hours 
76mm / 3inch 
9 days 
21°C / 70°F 
11°C / 52°F 
221 hours 
92mm / 3.6inch 
12 days 
June   >> June
>>  
25°C / 77°F 
14°C / 57°F 
254 hours 
77mm / 3inch 
9 days 
Climate in Lyon

Average weather in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

In May Chamonix-Mont-Blanc generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 18°C (64°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 5°C (41°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are tolerable that month.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
13°C / 55°F 
1°C / 33°F 
180 hours 
98mm / 3.9inch 
10 days 
18°C / 64°F 
5°C / 41°F 
202 hours 
121mm / 4.8inch 
14 days 
June   >> June
>>  
21°C / 70°F 
8°C / 46°F 
225 hours 
130mm / 5.1inch 
13 days 
Climate in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc

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Is May the best time to go to France?

In our opinion May is one of the best times to visit France with commonly perfect weather in Paris. However, the weather conditions may vary depending on your destination.

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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