Avignon’s climate is
temperate, characterized by hot summers and cold winters. While the city
experiences rain all year, this allows for the luscious parks and greenery that
are scattered throughout the region.
lies in the path of the mistral wind, which is cold and dry wind and blows from
the northwest of Europe though the Rhone River valley onto the Mediterranean.
The wind is strong and can some times reach speeds of ninety kmph, particularly
once it reaches the Rhone
predominantly in spring and winter, the advantage of the mistral is that is
usually brings with it clear and sunny weather which leaves the region basking
Avignon is located on the left bank of the Rhone in the
south east of France,
85km north of Marseille and with Mont Ventoux peering over it. Avignon is a popular,
picturesque tourist destination.
Summer months from June to
September see the city at its warmest, with July and August generally being the
hottest months. They see an average
high temperature of 30°C, but it is common for the mercury to rise into the
mid 30s. Though generally hot and sunny, summer sees a few showers and
thunderstorms at the end of the season.
Autumn, from late September till mid October,
maintains enjoyable averages of 25°C and 20°C in September and October
respectively, before cooling down rapidly from the end of October. November has
an average high of 13°C. Autumn months see the highest rainfall
of the year but showers are usually short and heavy leaving time for reasonable
levels of sunshine.
Winter in Avignon is quite cold. January is the coldest
month with an average high of 10°C and an average low of 2°C. December
and February are only slightly warmer. It regularly drops below freezing and frosts
are common. Precipitation levels are low but sleet and snow falls
intermittently. As previously mentioned, the mistral blows through Avignon in the winter,
clearing the skies but bringing with it bitterly cold, windy days.
Spring is a fantastic time to visit the
region. The trees blossom, parks are filled with colourful flowers and the
temperatures creep from the mid teens to the 20s. In March the average high is
already at 16°C; it then gets up to 18°C in April and 23°C in May. Night time
temperatures remain cold and the mistral often makes daytime temperatures feel
much cooler. Rainfall increases in April and May but the period is generally
clear and sunny with sunshine
levels increasing towards summer.