July in Paris: Weather, What to Pack & What to See

Paris-Plages, France
Paris-Plages, Paris: A pop-up beach that takes over part of the banks of the Seine each year. Bruno De Hogues / Getty Images

If you're headed to Paris in July, you're in for an entertaining if overcrowded ride. While tourist season is at its peak and the city's museums and other top tourist attractions are swarming with people, locals will have left in droves of their own for the French Riviera or the Spanish coastline, making the pace around Paris unusually languorous and the mood especially exuberant. If you want to see Paris with its best postcard face put forward, visiting in July is ideal. If, however, you tend toward claustrophobia, are looking to see Paris from a more local perspective, or want to avoid paying exorbitant prices for plane tickets or hotels, steer away from high season and wait until the fall or winter to schedule your getaway.

July Weather in Paris

July in Paris is generally cool to pleasantly balmy, with average temperatures at around 66 degrees F. In recent years, however, major heatwaves have occasionally struck, particularly in late July, and temperatures have sometimes climbed to the 90's. Elderly visitors or visitors with medical conditions should be alert to possible spikes in temperature, and take necessary precautions. Reserving a hotel room with air conditioning is one of them.

Weather conditions can also be quite erratic. Warm, humid summer days are frequently followed-- or even unexpectedly interrupted-- by heavy showers and even strong storms. It's important to be prepared for such mixed conditions.

  • Minimum temperature: 15 degrees C (59 degrees F)
  • Maximum temperature: 24 degrees C (75.2 degrees F)
  • Average temperature: 19 degrees C (66.2 degrees F)
  • Average rainfall: 57 millimeters (2.2 inches)

What to Pack

  • July is one of the rainiest seasons of the month, and thunderstorms are common. Pack a reliable umbrella in case one of these surprises you during a stroll or picnic.
  • Bring both closed-toed and open-toed shoes. On hot days or day trip excursions you'll appreciate the open-toed pair, but you'll need a good, comfortable pair of walking shoes too, especially since visits to Paris usually involve lots of strolling-- not to mention those maddening metro tunnels and stairs.
  • Pack a hat or visor and other sun gear for sunny days when you wish to spend time lounging in one of Paris' best parks and gardens.

July Events in Paris

Bastille Day 2012
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  • July 14th: Bastille Day marks the beginning of the French revolution and the country's long, chaotic road to becoming a republic. Similar in spirit to American Independence Day or Canada Day, La Fête de la Bastille is a fascinating cultural experience. It offers you the chance to see top-notch fireworks or organize a Parisian-style picnic in one of the city's lush, gorgeous parks and gardens..
  • July 28th, 2019: Competitors in the hotly-anticipated Tour de France bike race sweep through the finish line in Paris on the Avenue des Champs Elysées.
  • Open-air Cinema at the Parc de la Villette: Enjoy movies on a summer night, maybe accompanied by a picnic? This is the event for you-- and all the screenings are free! Starting July 13th, 2019, get out there and see a few films while you soak up some fresh air. 
  • Paris Plages is a pop-up beach operation that takes over the banks of the Seine and Bassin de la Villette each year, starting in late July. Enjoy sandy beaches complete with parasols, riverside cafés and bars, and even floating pools.

July Travel Tips

July tends to have a very laid-back feeling about it. Abandoning the indoors, locals and visitors take to the balmy outdoors, roaming the streets and flocking to public parks and Seine-side boardwalks during the sunny days and mild nights. 

In early July, try on that previously-inaccessible couture item or search for that rare book or antique: summer sales in Paris are on and this is the ideal time to go deal-hunting.

July is also an ideal time for experiencing a boat tour of the Seine or of Paris canals and waterways, especially on hot days when breezes off the water offer a welcome reprieve. Having lunch or dinner on the boat can be especially memorable.

To beat the crowds, consider scheduling trips to museums and top attractions in the early mornings, closer to opening times.

More Tips on When to Go

Not sure whether July is is an ideal time to book your trip? See our full guide to the best time of year to visit Paris for tons of useful seasonal tips and suggestions, and then consult our handy monthly guide to weather in the French capital to ensure you're prepared for your getaway.

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