What's the weather like over there?

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Motorcycle riding in the Alps, France
France enjoys a temperate climate, overall. The weather is often mild, but big differences can exist between the regions and seasons. Something to keep in mind when packing!
The gorgeous Pyrénées mountain range, France

In metropolitan France, three types of climate coexist. The Mediterranean climate reigns in the best part of southern France, bringing hot summers, temperate to cool winters and few rainfalls. The continental climate spreads over Paris and central France, meaning warm to hot summers, colder winters and significant precipitation. The oceanic climate, found in the western part of France, tends to bring smaller temperature ranges, temperate winters and summers, and frequent rainfall.

Beautiful Ardèche, South of France

Pleasant conditions tend to reign in spring. Chillier temperatures in March and April give way to warmer weather in May. Depending on the region visited and trip dates, temperatures should range between 55 F to 75 F. Rainfall can be frequent, especially in the north and on the west coast.

Summer in the Pyrénées, France

Summer conditions in France are typically warm or hot, except in the western coastal area, which tends to be more temperate. Average temperatures range from about 65 to 85 F in the north, 80 to 90 F in the south. Heatwaves have brought record-breaking temperatures, sometimes exceeding 100 F in recent years. Summer storm systems are quite common.

The one and only Mont-Saint-Michel, France

The early fall months usually see pleasant and temperate weather. Clear conditions and warm days tend to reign until the end of September. Temperatures dip sharply heading toward late October and early November, and rain is more frequent. Temperatures occasionally dip below zero at this time. Overall, temperatures in fall can range from as low as 40 F to as high as 75 F.

Côte de granit rose, Brittany, France

Winter is generally quite chilly, even in the coastal regions. Snowfall is rare, except for the mountainous regions of the Alps and Pyrenees. Temperatures often drop below freezing point, with average temperatures between 32 F and 45 F, depending on the region.

Winter in the Alps, close to Gap, France

Vincent Martinez
CEO & Founder Totem Moto Tours

Photo credits

Julie Ledru & Vincent Martinez