Weather Overview for Corsica
Corsica has a mild Mediterranean climate with hot summers and cool winters. It is situated in one of France's most sunniest regions.
Summers in Corsica are hot and humid reaching an average temperature of 29°C in July and August which are its hottest months. May, June and September regularly see day time temperatures in the pleasant mid 20s. Even in April and October an agreeable level of heat can be expected to be reached in the days. However, on these early and late summer nights it does cool down, often falling below 10°C. Even during its peak season tourists might expect to experience mild nights with temperatures around 17°C. In the peak of the season Corsica receives around eight to nine hours of sunshine a day, with not a great deal less to be expected during the beginning and end of the summer. Rainfall is relatively steady throughout the year, seeing an average of about nine and a half days on which rain falls per month; but May and June see the majority of the summer’s rain with May being the wettest month of the year and July the driest. While early summer might be seen as unpredictable, days of sunshine are still guaranteed, the slightly cooler temperature can be more comfortable and the crowds considerably smaller. June and October are recommended as the perfect times to visit this area of France, but if you prefer intense, uninterrupted heat then the peak of the season will suit you better.
Corsica's winters are cool and sometimes cold. At its coldest in January and December average highs around 13°C do not illustrate the fact that it can often get very cold even in the day time. While snow is rare it has been known to occur. Anyone visiting at this time of year should pack clothes suitable for the cold. Average lows are around 2°C meaning it can easily be colder, especially at night. The days are also considerably shorter with December only seeing around nine hours of daylight. It is generally more damp and overcast at this time of year though not unpleasant by UK’s standards.
Corsica has a cooler climate in comparison to Frances more northern regions due to the cooling effect of the Ocean and the increased rainfall this encourages. This is by no means negative as it encourages a greener countryside and less extreme heat in the summer. It still gets incredibly hot but not to the extent of southern, inland regions. Corsicas physical geography is incredibly diverse with the result of meteorologically diverse regions. The cityis known for its pleasant microclimate; sheltered from the north winds by mountainous terrain, sitting right on the sea.