Weather Overview for Monte Carlo
has an amazing Mediterranean climate. Due to its ideal geographical location
between the Mediterranean and the foot of the Southern Alps, Monaco flourishes
in amazing sunny summers and fairly mild winters. Monte Carlo's weather is fairly typical of a
coastal Mediterranean city- however the allure and charm of the region seem to
heighten the beauty of the weather. Monte
Carlo boasts 300 days of sunshine per year, glorious summers
and nights which are cooled by sea breezes.
plays host to the glitz and glamour of the Monaco Grand Prix each year in late May. Being one of Europe's premier social highlights means that you better
loosen your purse strings if you choose to visit during this period- prices sky
rocket and the city as a whole, books out fairly early. The circuit of the race
finds drivers winding through the narrow famous streets of Monte Carlo- past the Mairie, the Casino,
through the tunnel and around the port side swimming pool. The weather during
this time is glorious as is the ambience, which is what you will find you self
paying top dollar for if you visit during this period.
in Monte Carlo attracts Europe’s wealthiest and most beautiful, and it is no
wonder; with day time temperatures throughout June, July and August averaging
20°C – 23°C and water temperature often reaching up to 26 °C it is an ideal place to soak up the sun and
work on ridding of your tan lines.
Monte Carlo itself
experiences minimal rainfall throughout summer, averaging one or two days of
rain throughout the height of summer and three or four days of rain in June and
September. It also averages a relative humidity of 75% which is not a level
that causes particular discomfort.
location on the Mediterranean means that the
area is cooled by an evening sea breeze, which makes sitting on the promenades,
enjoying the regions national drink of champagne, a very relaxing experience
(obviously more relaxing if you negate the price of the glass of champagne.)
averages sixty days a year of precipitation, which is relatively low for a
Mediterranean climate. Generally this weather consists of hot/dry summers and
cooler, wetter winters.
through to February has an average temperature of 9.5°C with January generally
being the coolest month with an average minimum of 8°C and an average maximum
of 12°C. December sees the region experiencing the lowest hours of daily
sunshine, averaging four hours a day and this picks up to 5 hours a day come
January and February.
in Monte Carlo
is still a very pleasurable time to visit. Like any coastal European city, the
winter time sees less tourists and cheaper rates. Visiting Monte Carlo in the winter will see you saving
on room rates, allowing you more money to spend at the extravagant Casinos and
restaurants. The other benefit of Monte Carlo in
the winter is its close proximity to the Southern Alps,
meaning by driving just an hour you can visit neighbouring French ski
you’re not fond of the hype that a European glamour city attracts in the height
of summer, than the shoulder seasons of autumn and spring would be the best
time to visit Monaco.
April/May and September/October has Monaco experiencing milder
temperatures and can be considered the best time to visit.
Autumn sees Monte
Carlo enjoying clear skies and average temperatures of
15°C to 21°C. October and November are generally Monte Carlo’s wettest months, averaging 113mm
and 123mm precipitation (respectively) which is almost twice as much as the
rainfall in September. The temperature is still relatively warm but you will
find the beaches are empty and the hotels not as full.
in Monte Carlo is slightly cooler, part due to
the infamous ‘le mistral’ wind that blows through blowing from the northwest of
Europe through the valley of the Rhone and through to the Mediterranean.
This wind is not as strong in Monte Carlo as it
is in parts of Southern France but it does
have a cooling affect.
benefit of le mistral is that with the wind also comes clear sunny weather. The
wind has the effect of clearing the sky and drying the air which accounts for
the crisp refreshing feel in Monte
Carlo in the spring.
in mind that the second last weekend in May sees some of Europe's finest flock
to Monte Carlo
to share in the glitz, glamour and prestige of the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix. The weather during
this time is idyllic. The culmination of the clear Spring skies and near
perfect weather with the glamour and class of the Grand Prix makes May an
exciting time to visit - albeit more expensive. You can generally count on the
weather staying mild and enjoyable during this time, though there has
been known to be periods of freak rain- one of these falling during the
infamous 1997 Grand Prix which saw Michael Schumacher complete an astounding
drive in the rain to see him in the lead throughout the entirety of the race.
March sees an average daily temperature of 11 °C , April averages 13 °C moving into May which sees the region heating
up slightly and averaging 17 °C .