Cote d Azur Climate and Weather

A Mediterranean climate prevails along the coast of the French Riviera, with long hot summers and mild winters. The region enjoys a pleasant, warm climate throughout the year. During the hottest summer months, particularly in August, temperatures often reach excesses of 86F (30C), while maximum temperatures in winter are usually between 50 and 59F (10 to 15C). August is the hottest month and January is the coldest. Rainfall is moderate and mostly occurs during winter; October is usually the wettest month. Snowfall is extremely rare. Strong winds, known as la Mistral, can occur, particularly during winter and spring (November to April).

Summer is peak tourist season in Cote d'Azur and this is the best time of year to visit for those planning to enjoy the beaches. However, the spring months of April and May can be lovely and the coast is far less crowded. Visitors will get plenty of sun but the water will be too cold for swimming, making spring the ideal time to go for those who want a scenic, sightseeing holiday. Autumn can be rainy but the weather is mild and this can also be a pleasant time to visit.

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