France and Paris in July - Weather, What to Pack, What to See

High summer brings top festivals, summer sales and outdoor dining

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••• Avignon. Getty/Andrea Pistolesi

Weather

The weather is usually lovely in July though it can get very hot throughout the country. 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. Beware of major heatwaves when temperatures can easily climb to the 90’s. So make sure you reserve a hotel room with air conditioning and ask when you book.

What to Pack

  • 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
  • Closed-toe and open-toe sandals for the various different weather conditions

Paris & the north of France
In Paris and the north, July can turn out to be 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. 

Why to go in July

  • All museums and attractions are open, and beginning extended summertime hours with some late night openings
  • This is high festival season, when France celebrates everything from food to music, including, of course, jazz with top jazz festivals. You'll also discover wonderful street theater, arts and crafts and top classical and popular music.
  • Shopping gets better in July. The markets, particularly in the south of France, fill the streets with tempting stalls. And if you're in the countryside, remember those famous day long sales called vides greniers (emptying the attic). If there's one near you try to go; you get great bargains and a fun day out. 
  • Parks and gardens are 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 2017

  • It's the season of the official, government regulated sales in France. They take place from mid June to the first week of August. Check out the shops with 'Soldes' signs in the windows. Get more information on the summer and winter sales in Paris here.See Sales in Paris

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