To make things even more interesting, some regions have their own micro-climate due to the particularity of their location: for example, the coast of La Rochelle enjoys more sunshine during the year than parts of the Côte d ‘ Azure, although summer temperatures are generally milder. During this time, the inhabitants of the Alpes-Maritimes can boast of being able to ski in the morning and bathe in a pleasant sea in the afternoon if the mood takes them.
Heat waves and cold waves are frequent due to the geographical location of France. Recent summers, for example, have seen temperatures as far north as Paris reach 40 ° C. The highest temperature on record in the country is 46 ° C (114.8 ° F) on June 28, 2019, in the Hérault. The lowest temperature ever recorded is -23.2 ° C (-9.8 ° F) on January 2, 1971 in Strasbourg.
In general, the weather in France tends to follow these patterns.
In the north, where most of the land is low, the north-western regions in particular are affected by Atlantic weather conditions. The regions of northern France have similar weather conditions to those in the south-east of England. Summers are hot, but generally not too hot, winters are relatively mild, and rain is common.
For more sun, look south. The south of France enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot summers most of the time. The southwest is also warmer – with summer temperatures steadily for the first 30 years. But it’s not the sun from wall to wall. The rains are quite frequent, especially around the Pyrenees and the Cévennes, where seasonal thunderstorms can strike suddenly.
In central and eastern France, winters tend to be cold. The high-altitude regions of Jura, the Alps and the Massif Central experience a long, cold and snowy winter. Precipitation is lower here than in many other areas, although summer storms are common. Likewise, summers are hotter and sometimes sweltering in central areas, where there is little or no cooling effect from the sea or the mountains.