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South of France Climate

Areas around the Mediterranean generally have a milder winter than further north. It is often pleasantly warm, but cold spells can occur for instance when the "Mistral" (a cold blustery wind) blows down the Rhone Valley to the French Riviera. At Nice / Cannes, average daily maximum temperatures reach 13 °C (56 °F), some 5 hours of sunshine can be expected A steady warming-up process takes place during the spring months, although the "Mistral" can still sometimes make its presence felt. Average daily maximum temperatures have risen to about 20 °C (68 °F) by May, daily sunshine hours will have increased to about 9 or 10. The Mediterranean coastline has plenty of sunshine during the summer months, and refreshing sea breezes make sunbathing very pleasant indeed. Average daily maximum temperatures reach a warm 27 °C (81 °F) in August, and an average of 12 hours of sunshine -30 dry days per month can be expected during the summer season. Autumn sees the end of the longer days and the gradual return to longer nights. However, the South of France retains warm conditions through September and October (daily average maxima still in the mid-twenties Celsius), although by November, that figure has fallen to 17 °C (63 °F). About 22 dry days can be expected on average, but daily sunshine hours will have fallen to 5 by November

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Last updated: 8. july 2008