When To Visit Paris
OK, so you've decided to visit Paris. According to the Paris-Île-de-France regional tourist authority, you are one
of the 45 million tourists, who visit the area every year, of whom 60% come from outside France.
The obvious next question is "When Should I Go?"
If you take the advice of Audrey Hepburn, playing the role of Sabrina in the 1954 film of the same name (by the
way, Julia Ormond had the same line in the 1995 remake), "Paris is always a good idea."
So the timing isn't the vital part, because Paris is a great place to visit at any time of year.
However, here are some things to think about when planning your trip.
I've been to Paris at most times of the year, and it's fair to say that the weather is variable. Its location in
Northern France, with the Atlantic Ocean around 200 miles (320 kilometres) to the West, dictates that its climate
is temperate, that is to say mild winters and pleasantly warm summers, but fairly wet. I've been there during the
Summer, when it's been over 35 degrees Celsius (95F) for several days. On the other hand, I've also been there in
Summer, when it's been cloudy and cool for two or three weeks at a time.
Snow is rare and tends to disappear quickly, when it does arrive. Spring is a lovely time to go, often with warm
sunshine, and it's also the driest time of year. But Paris is renowned for its short, sharp showers, which are
You can read more about the weather here.
In summary, the Paris weather is changeable. Most people visit Paris in the warmer months, but don't let that
put you off going at other times of year. There is always plenty to do and enjoy.
But other factors are much more important in determining when you should go.
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