Weather Averages for Paris in April
Averages for Paris in April
With the spring season underway, the weather in Paris, France continues to get better, with the city enjoying warmer temperatures and a lower probability of rain each day. Across this month, the average temperature for the capital rises from 9°C on April 1st up to 12.5°C by April 30th. Daily highs tend to range from 13°C to 17°C throughout April, only exceeding 23°C or falling below 8°C one day out of every ten. Daily low temperatures fluctuate between 5°C and 8°C, almost never dropping below 1°C or rising above 12°C.
The highest temperature which has ever been recorded in Paris in April during recent times is 28°C, with the lowest temperature ever recorded for this month being -3°C. Look at these temperatures alongside the average for the month – 10.5°C – and it’s clear that they’re the extremes and aren’t what you should be prepared for during your holiday.
Paris is subject to an average of 25mm of rainfall spread across 14 days each month, so there is a good chance you’ll get at least some type of precipitation during your visit. Be prepared for the weather to take a turn for the worst and pack an umbrella and some waterproof clothing. Moderate rain is the most likely type of precipitation and usually occurs around April 9th. Thunderstorms are the second most common type of rainfall which tends to happen around April 30th, followed by light rain whilst mostly occurs around April 18th. The likelihood of rainfall stays relatively constant throughout the month, only dropping very slightly from 54% on April 1st to 53% on April 30th.
On average, snow falls in Paris on one day each April, with April 1st being when the chance of snowfall is at its highest. Snow lying on the ground and accumulating is almost unheard of at this time of year. Despite the rainfall and chance of snow, Paris is affected by foggy conditions on less than one day each April.
The average sea temperature for the closest coastal location to Paris is 9°C in April, which is higher than any of the previous months. In spite of the increase in temperature, the sea is far too cold for a dip at this time of year, no matter how hardy a swimmer you are. Throughout the month, the average daily humidity is 69%, made up of highs of 92% and lows of 49%.
Paris enjoys an average of nine hours of sunshine each day throughout April, a figure which varies greatly according to the cloud density. Throughout the month, the sunshine and daylight hours both increase, with the length of the day rising by one hour and 39 minutes between April 1st and April 30th.
During April, wind speeds tend to vary between 1 m/s and 7 m/s, rarely exceeding 11 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 5 m/s happens around April 1st, with the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually occurring around April 29th.
Dates for the diary
Sports lovers won’t want to miss the chance to take part in the Paris Marathon. This sporty event is held on April 6th in 2014 and takes in some of the biggest and best landmarks of the city, including the Place de la Bastille and the Champs-Elysées. Hundreds of runners from around the world travel to Paris each year to take part in this marathon, but if you’re not up from the challenge yourself, you can stand on the sidelines and cheer on your favourite athlete.
Every Sunday from April until the end of May (April 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th in 2014) the Dimanches au Galop take place at the Longchamp Racecourse. With free entry and parking, this event is ideal for holidaymakers on a tight budget. Every Sunday will see six exciting races take place, in addition to a number of shows, celebrity guests, live performances, pony clubs and show riding. Families visiting with little ones will be pleased to hear that there is plenty for children to enjoy, too, with educational chats, riding lessons and opportunities to interact with the horses.
Families holidaying with children should definitely stop by the Foire du Trone during their holiday in Paris. Great fun for adults and children alike, this huge fair takes place at the Pelouse de Reuilly from around April 4th in 2014 and has roots stretching back to the 12th century. Today the Foire du Trone is the largest temporary fun fair in Europe which attracts around five million visitors each year who come to admire the circus performers, freak shows, live entertainment, rides and flashing lights. A world away from the chic culture Paris is known for, this fun fair provides an exciting day out amidst museum and art gallery visits.
Throughout Easter, the Cathedral Notre Dame hold special services, the most popular of which takes place on Good Friday and Easter Sunday – April 18th and 20th in 2014, respectively. The first mass of the day takes place at 8:30am, followed by the ringing of the bourdon Emmanuel, Easter laudes, Messe de la Résurrection and Easter vespers before a final mass is held at 6:30pm.
The Foire de Paris is the biggest home, leisure and world culture fair in the city, making it a must-visit for interior design enthusiasts on holiday in Paris. Held from April 30th until May 11th in 2014, this fair is the best place to find out all about the latest trends and purchase everything you need for discounted prices. Over 3,500 well-known brands attend the fair each year, allowing you to discover, try and compare a huge variety of products before finally deciding on the ones you want. With various workshops, musical performances and wine tastings, the Foire de Paris provides something for everyone to enjoy.
Things to do
The weather can be quite mild and dry in April, so make the most of it by visiting as many outdoor attractions as you can. The River Seine flows right through the heart of Paris and provides the ideal place to enjoy a romantic spring stroll or bike ride. If you’re looking for a fantastic photo opportunity, make sure you stand on one of the bridges and take a photo facing downriver. To make your visit to the River Seine really memorable, sign up for one of the many boat trips or cruises which sail up and down the river.
Situated in the Place de l’Étoile, the Arc de Triomphe is one of Paris’ most famous monuments. A link between the old and new Paris, this symbol of the French nation is one of the most photographed structures in the country, so make sure you take your camera with you and snap a few photos whilst you’re there. The outside of the Arc de Triomphe is decorated with intricate artwork and sculptures which are sure to impress even the most discerning art lover. Whilst the view from the ground is rather spectacular, it’s even better if you climb the 400 steps to the top. From here you can enjoy panoramic vistas which stretch across the city for miles.
Paris is full of beautiful parks and Luxembourg Gardens is without a doubt one of the best. Tucked in between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, this attraction was constructed in 1612 and covers a staggering 25 hectares of land which is spit into French and English gardens. Some of the highlights of the gardens include a geometric forest, pond, apple orchard, apiary, orchid greenhouse, statues and the Medici fountain. There is always something exciting going on here, with puppet shows, children’s rides and slides, giant chess sets, tennis courts and remote control boats, providing something for everyone to enjoy.
If you’d like to visit a museum during your holiday in Paris, consider checking out the Musee de la Musique. This innovative music museum is home to a concert hall, a restored collection of instruments and interactive computers, as well as scale models of opera houses and concert halls. One of the best ways to experience the museum is by signing up for the audio tour which is available in several languages. As well as providing you with oodles of information about each exhibition, the audio tours play the appropriate instrument as you approach each display, providing a fun way to learn about each instrument.
The Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation – Deportation Memorial – is another attraction definitely worth visiting during your stay in Paris. Erected in 1962, this memorial is dedicated to the victims of the deportation and remembers the 160,000 residents of France – including 76,000 Jews, 11,000 of whom were children – who were deported to Nazi concentration camps where they were killed in World War II. A must-visit for history buffs, the Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation is a striking reminder of everything the people of Paris went through during the war.
Where to stay
The three-star Le Fabe Hotel is perfect for families and couples looking for a stylish hotel in Paris. Here you’ll find three different types of room to choose from – cosy, charme and pleasure – each of which features a comfortable bed, double glazing, private bathroom with hairdryer, flat screen TV, safety deposit box, air conditioning, desk, telephone and minibar. Guests are encouraged to take full advantage of the services and facilities on offer, including sauna, bar, breakfast in your room, free WiFi access, private parking, airport shuttle, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, wake-up service and facilities for disabled guests.
When it comes to boutique hotels in the capital, La Manufacture is a top pick. This three-star hotel is found just a short distance away from the Latin Quarter, providing easy access to loads of shops, bars, restaurants and tourist attractions. La Manufacture boasts a number of amenities and services, including bar, breakfast in your room, free WiFi access, room service, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, concierge, laundry service, newspapers, safety deposit box and air conditioning. There are several types of rooms available – such as standard double, standard single, standard double plus, comfort double superior double and connecting double – providing something for all group sizes and budgets. Each of the rooms comes well equipped with LCD TV, balcony, telephone, air conditioning, heating, desk and private bathroom with hairdryer.
Set in a quiet part of the 9th arrondissement, Hotel Arvor Saint Georges is ideal for holidaymakers who want to indulge in sightseeing during the day before retiring to a peaceful retreat on an evening. The Hotel Arvor Saint Georges offers guests 24 rooms and six suites, all of which are bright, spacious and offer fantastic views across the rooftops of Paris. Each room features complimentary water and chocolates, private bathroom with free toiletries, WiFi access, flat screen TV, telephone, safe and newspapers. There are loads of facilities and services to take advantage of onsite, such as terrace, patio, library, bar, breakfast in your room, 24-hour reception, chapel and multilingual staff.
Hotel Champerret Heliopolis is a great choice when it comes to affordable accommodation in Paris. Just a short distance away from the Espace Champerret Exhibition Centre, Champs-Elysees, La Défense and the Eiffel Tower, this hotel provides easy access to loads of popular attractions. Guests are invited to take advantage of the many amenities and services on offer, including free WiFi access throughout, public parking, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, heating and multilingual staff. The Hotel Champerret Heliopolis provides a number of single, double, twin and triple rooms to choose from, each of which comes complete with flat screen TV, free WiFi access, private bathroom with hairdryer and telephone.
Hotel Jardins d’Eiffel boasts one of the most prestigious locations in the whole of Paris – just a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower. A top choice for a romantic break, this hotel offers 81 rooms, many of which come with a balcony or terrace. Each of the standard rooms comes complete with air conditioning, double glazing, minibar, safety deposit box, satellite TV, free WiFi access and private bathroom with hairdryer. The privilege rooms are equipped with the same features, as well as views of the Eiffel Tower and bathrobes. There are plenty of services and facilities for visitors to enjoy, including garden, terrace, breakfast in your room private parking, 24-hour reception, tour desk, luggage storage, babysitting, dry cleaning, newspapers, safety deposit box and multilingual staff.