France in June - Weather, What to Pack, What to See

Gorgeous weather, quiet streets and festivals for everyone

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••• Village Street in a French Village. rdjan Srdjanov/E+/Getty Images

Why plan a visit to France in June?

June is a glorious month to visit France with the French getting into holiday mood, though their main holiday season is mid-July to mid-August (from Bastille Day on July 14th for a month to around August 14th). While Paris gets extremely popular at this time of year, the rest of France is so large there are always regions, cities and towns where you can avoid the crowds.

 

  • As the weather warms you’ll find that France’s parks and gardens are at their best with glorious colours and sweet-smelling flowers and shrubs showing off.
  • All the museums and attractions, both big and small, are open. Many begin their extended summertime hours, with special outdoor events on offer.
  • This is the start of the high festival season, when France starts to celebrate everything, from food to music, from street theatre to arts and crafts. Every large city and town puts on a show. And the summer jazz festival season gets going. 
  • Shopping gets even better with the Summer Sales Season. The sales are government controlled, so are genuine. 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
  • Check with the local tourist office where you are staying for a list of early summer events. 
  • It’s the time to sit at a pavement café or on a terrace watching the world go by, day and night. 

A Few Highlights for June 2017/18

Weather in June

In June the weather is generally mild and can be glorious. You can mainly count on wonderful blue skies and warm temperatures, but remember that there can still be spring showers and chilly evenings particularly in the mountainous regions of France. According to where you are in France, there are variations in climate, so here are weather averages for some of the major cities:

  • Paris:
    Temperature ranges from 13 degrees C (55 degrees F) to 22 degrees C (72 degrees F)
    Average temperature is 17 degrees C (62 degrees F)
    Average number of days with some rain is 12
  • Bordeaux:
    Average temperature ranges from 12 degrees C (53 degrees F) to 24 degrees C (75 degrees F)
    Average temperatures is 18 degrees C (64 degrees F)
    Average number of days with some rain is 11
  • Lyon:
    Temperature ranges from 13 degrees C (55 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 11
  • Nice:
    Average temperature ranges from 16 degrees C (61 F) to 24 degrees C (75 degrees F)
    Average temperature is 20 degrees C (68 degrees F)
    Average number of wet days is 5
  • Strasbourg:
    Average temperature ranges from 12 degrees C (54 degrees F) to 23 degrees C (73 degrees F)
    Average temperature is 18 degrees C (64 degrees F)
    Average number of days with some rain is 14
  • Find out more: Weather in France

What to pack

Packing for France can be tricky if you are visiting different parts. It can still be cold at night in the Alps and on high ground, while you can sunbathe along the Mediterranean. So here are some basic suggestions for clothes to take:

  • Light cotton clothes for sunny days
  • Light windbreaker
  • Hat or visor or sun gear for sunny days
  • Sun screen
  • Bathing costume
  • Good walking shoes
  • Sturdy umbrella that can resist the wind
  • Cardigan or sweater for chilly evenings

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