Weather in France

Expats living in France will find climate patterns highly variable depending on location, but generally speaking, foreigners can look forward to a climate that is both temperate and agreeable. 

The weather in France can range from warm summers in the Southern coast to wet, snowy winters in the Alpine area, and expats should closely investigate the particularities of their region before drawing conclusions. 

North and northwestern France, the areas closest to the UK, experience weather patterns that are very similar to their nearby British neighbour. Rain occurs throughout the year, winters are moderate, and summers are warm but not excessively hot.

Southwestern and Mediterranean France, by far, have the most attractive weather patterns of the lot. Sunshine is plentiful, summers are hot and winters are mild. Rainfall is predominately associated with summer thunderstorms and expats need only prepare themselves for the occasional cold wind (mistral) that blows for short periods during spring.

Central and eastern France claim a continental climate characterised by cold, even harsh, winters (more so than the North) and warm summers (not as warm as in the South). Snow is more likely to fall here than in other regions of France, except for the Alpine region.

The mountainous regions of France march to the beat of their own meteorological drum, but expats can expect these areas to be the wettest and coldest of all (snow falls between three and six months of the year).

On the whole, rainfall in France is moderate and occurs throughout the year, though nowhere near as much as in Belgium. May and June tend to be the wettest months.

Transitions between seasons in France are distinct; expats can look forward to uniquely seasonal weather in spring, summer, winter and autumn.