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The climate of Côte d'Azur (France)
The coastal strip from Saint Tropez up to the French- Italian border owes her name Côte d’Azur to the azure-blue seawater. This
part of the coast is known for its splendid sunny mediterranean climate with an average of some three thousand sun hours a year and
temperatures in the summer going up to an average of all but thirty degrees. For years it is particularly the rich and the jetset
who have been staying here in the period of May up to and including September. The mundane seaside resort of Cannes attracts
international film stars, television stars and pop stars with the various international exhibitions of which the Filmfestival is the
best-known. Because the cultivable areas are completely built over the price of the ground is very high and also the houses,
villas and apartments are expensive. Many rich French, but also well-to-do foreigners like to buy their second (or third or
something) house in this piece of France. Anyone who stays in this region feels and sees the wealth, but particularly also the
magnificent luxurious life. As a true god in France you enjoy here the most delicious fresh fish in restaurants in the atmospheric
harbours or you plunge into the nightlife among the jetset. The climate surely contributes its mite to the popularity of this
coastal region. The agreeable weather mostly starts already rather early. Spring mostly starts about the middle of March and in
May the first summery temperatures are already measured. From April the chances of precipitation already diminish strongly which
makes a stay here a lot more agreeable. In the summer months it is warm but seldom tóó warm. Temperatures of about forty degrees
can occur but the chance of that is smaller than along the popular beaches of Spain, Italy, Greece or Turkey. For the guests who
want to keep looking every inch a gentleman or a lady in haute couture it is really pleasant if it is not tropically warm and


The winters along the Côte d’Azur are a lot greyer and wetter than the rest of the year, but it does not often get cold. Snow can
occur, particularly in the eastern part of the region. Most of the days the temperature at night stays well above freezing point
and in the daytime the thermometer almost always exceeds 10 degrees.

A phenomenon that you can have to deal with during a visit to this area is the so-called mistral. This is a cold and hard wind
blowing from the north-west through the Rhône-valley to the Mediterranean Sea. A mistral causes a considerable descent of the
temperature within a few hours and also the temperature of the seawater drops with a few degrees because the warm toplayer of the water is blown away through which the colder water from the lower layers of the sea is sucked upwards. A mistral is caused by large differences in pressure between the Atlantic Ocean (high pressure) and the Gulf of Genoa (low pressure). A mistral can sometimes continue for days and particularly in the summer it is regularly a hit, sometimes up to 2 or 3 times a month. Along the Côte d’Azur it is particularly the area west of Fréjus and east of Monaco that is subject to the mistral. Exceptions are places that, by overgrowth and/or hills, are sheltered against winds from the north and/or the north-west.

Climate information
The data below is based on registered weather data and applies to Côte d'Azur:

temperature (°C)


temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 12 6 5 12 13
February 13 6 6 11 13
March 14 7 7 12 13
April 17 9 8 11 14
May 21 12 9 10 16
June 24 15 10 9 19
July 28 20 12 5 22
August 28 20 10 6 23
September 25 16 8 8 21
October 21 13 7 11 19
November 16 9 5 12 16
December 13 6 5 12 14
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but don’t present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures don’t always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:

chance of
(very) hot


chance of
(very) cool
chance of

chance of
chance of
sunny days


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