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France in July

High summer brings top festivals, sales and outdoor dining

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Django Reinhardt Jazz Festival 2011

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Weather

The weather is usually lovely in July though it can get very hot. Paris follows no pattern; it can be wonderful outdoor weather, or it can rain quite heavily. There are major variations in climate depending on where you are in France, but here are some major cities:

  • Paris:
    Temperature ranges from 15 degrees C (59 degrees F) to 24 degrees C (75 degrees F
    Average temperature is 19 degrees C (66 degrees F)
    Average number of days with some rain is 12

  • Bordeaux:
    Average temperature ranges from 10 degrees C (50 degrees F) to 19 degrees C (66 degrees F)
    Average temperatures is 15 degrees C (59 degrees F)
    Average number of days with some rain is 13

  • Lyon:
    Temperature ranges from 15 degrees C (59 degrees F) to 27 degrees C (81 degrees F)
    Average temperature is 21 degrees C (70 degrees F)
    Average number of days with some rain is 10

  • Nice:
    Average temperature ranges from 20 degrees C (68 degrees F) to 27 degrees C (81 degrees F)
    Average temperature is 22.8 degrees C (73 degrees F)
    Average number of days with rain is 2

  • Strasbourg:
    Average temperature ranges from 13 degrees C (55 degrees F) to 25 degrees C (77 degrees F)
    Average temperature is 19 degrees C (66 degrees F)
    Average number of days with some rain is 14

  • Find out more: Weather in France

    What to pack

    France is a large country so what to pack depends on where you are going.

    The hot dry South of France
    July in the South of France is lovely, though it can get very hot. But until the end of July, there is the chance of the mistral, a dry wind that keeps the weather in Provence unusually sunny but which in July can bring the possibility of forest fires spreading. But beware of major heatwaves when temperatures can easily climb to the 90’s. So make sure you reserve a hotel room with air conditioning.

  • Light cotton clothes for sunny days
  • Light windbreaker
  • Hat or visor or sun gear for sunny days
  • Good sun screen with high protection
  • Bathing costume
  • Good walking shoes. See the list of Top Travel Walking Shoes for Women or Top Travel Walking Shoes for Men
  • Pack closed-toe and open-toe sandals for the various weather conditions
  • Paris & the north of France
    In Paris and the north July is one of the rainiest seasons so expect heavy showers at any time. But it can also be very hot, so take all of the above -- but remember to pack a good umbrella

    Find out more on Packing Tips

    Why to go in July

  • All museums and attractions are open, and beginning extended summertime hours
  • This is high festival season, when France celebrates everything from food to music, including of course jazz with top jazz festivals, from street theater to arts and crafts
  • Parks and gardens are still glorious with beautiful colors and scents
  • It’s one of the best months for pavement and terrace dining and outdoor cafes are doing a roaring trade
  • You can follow the world's most famous cycle race, the Tour de France
  • Why not to visit France in July

  • You might get caught up in the crowds of visitors who are on vacation from the rest of Europe, particularly in popular venues like the Cote d’Azur and the Loire Valley
  • Airfares and lodging can be more expensive
  • There can be some really hot days
  • Your drive through France might be disrupted by the Tour de France cycle race
  • Highlights of Festivals and Events in France in July, 2011

  • The summer sales (‘les soldes’) which start this year on June 22nd and run to July 26th are always a good time for those bargains. These are genuine sales, highly regulated by the government. See Sales in Paris
  • July 4th-21st International Festival of Lyric Art, Aix en Provence
  • July 2nd-24th Tour de France
  • July 6th-26th Festival d’Avignon, Avignon
  • July 13th-14th Bastille Day Celebrations with firework displays all over France. See Bastille Day in Paris
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