18 MayLocal Time: 16:13 CEST UK Time: 15:13 BST
- Sunrise 06:26
- Sunset 21:23
- Moonrise 13:53
- Moonset 02:29
|Temp feels like:||13°c (55.4°f)|
|Length of Day:||8h 51m|
|Dew Point:||7 °c (45°f)|
|Pressure:||29.53 " (1000 hpa)|
Average for May: 16°c (61°f)
Weather Overview for Bergerac
climate in Bergerac is temperate with the hot summers and cool winters typical
of the south of France.
Bergerac sits inland, about 90 km east of
sunshine hours range from 1900 to 2000 from the north to the south of the
is a quaint French market town nestled within the southwest wine producing
region of Dordogne upon the
The grape harvest falls at a different time each year, sometime around the end of summer and early autumn. The culmination of the harvest is celebrated with a festival at the end of October, but wineries close to visitors during the busy harvest weeks.
Summer: June - September
The long summer days are beautifully hot and lathered in sunshine. Rain does sometimes interrupt but often comes as a welcome relief and a dramatic pause in the static heat.
The average high temperature is around the mid 20s, peaking in August at 28°C. Days with 30°C plus temperatures are not uncommon. The temperature will reach or surpass 30°C on average 8 times a month throughout July and August. It was in Bergerac that one of the hottest day in the region was recorded; the mercury rose to an uncomfortable 42°C in July 1949.
Sunshine levels are good, peaking in July with nine hours of sunshine per day. Rainfall is relatively low at the start of the season, creeping up towards the end. June and July see a few heavy showers while August and September are prone to thunderstorms.
region attracts a lot of tourists come summertime.
It is a popular destination with the French as well as with people from all
over the world. It is difficult to detract from the beauty of the area, but it
can get quite busy in the peak of the season. Bergerac does not get as crowded
Autumn: October & November
Autumn is a time of rapid change with temperatures falling from a pleasant average high of 20°C in October to a cool 13°C in November. Night times are chilly throughout the season so you’ll definitely need a coat after sundown. Rainfall increases slightly and changes in character as the season progresses. October still sees brief showers but come November you’re more likely to find longer, lighter rain. As you might expect from the increased rainfall, sunshine levels are somewhat hampered by cloud. It is not constantly gloomy but you will experience many grey days.
Winter: December - February
Winter in Bergerac is no Christmas card scene with heavy snow weighing on rooftops. The mildness of the season is a great contributing factor to the success of grape growing. However, it can actually be pretty cold, similar to the British winter, except sunnier.
The average high temperature gets down to around 10°C and the average low to 3°C. It regularly gets down to freezing but frosts are relatively uncommon. The coldest temperature recorded for Bergerac was -21C on 17 January 1987.
Rainfall starts out high but gradually reduces to moderate levels, getting down to 42mm on average in February. Despite the frequent rain, sunshine levels are good for winter in the northern hemisphere, not falling below an average of 3 hours per day in the gloomiest months.
Spring: March - May
March and April see average temperatures of 11°C and 14°C respectively before warming up to 18°C in May. Early spring tends to be slightly windier than the end and this can push temperatures down. Sunshine levels improve but rainfall increases to a peak in April and is not much lower in May. Bergerac's wettest day came on May 17th 1971 when a record 100mm of rain was measured on the one day! This really isn’t likely to happen during your stay but despite the warmth you should come prepared for rain. From mid April when it isn’t raining you’re sure to be treated to blazing sunshine and warmth.
Enjoying the charming 15th century architecture and half-timbered houses is best done in the springtime. The cobbled streets are lined with vibrant flower boxes and the air is filled with the scent of blossoming trees. Springtime sees fewer tourists than summer so you can happily relax with a glass (or a bottle!) of the region’s famous wine without fighting throngs of families with their young children.
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