Weather Averages for Paris in August
Averages for Paris in August
August is a very popular month of the year to visit Paris, France, when summer sunshine and mild temperatures are the norm. At this time of the year, the average temperature begins at around 20°C at the start of the month and drops down to 18°C in the final few days. Daily high temperatures fall from 25°C to 23°C across the month, very rarely exceeding 31°C or falling below 19°C. Daily low temperatures fall slightly from 15°C to 13°C, almost never rising above 18°C or falling below 9°C.
The highest temperature which has ever been recorded in recent times in Paris in August is 40°C, with the lowest temperature ever recorded for the city this month being 6°C. Take a look at these temperatures alongside the average for the month – 19.5°C – and it’s easy to see that they’re the extremes and aren’t what you should be prepared for during your holiday. In 2013, the hottest day of the year was August 1st, when temperatures reached a staggering 35°C – that’s 10°C hotter than the relative average for that day.
Throughout August, Paris is subject to an average of 21mm of rainfall – that’s the exact same figure as the previous month. With some sort of rainfall occurring on an average of ten days throughout the month, there’s a fair chance that you’ll experience a shower or two during your stay, so be prepared and pack an umbrella.
Moderate rain is the most likely type of precipitation and usually happens around August 31st, whereas thunderstorms are the second most common type of rainfall and tend to occur on August 1st. The likelihood of rainfall very slowly rises from 42% on August 1st up to 43% by August 31st. In 2013, August was the driest month of the year when rainfall was only reported on 23% of days. As you’d expect for a summer month, Paris experiences foggy conditions on less than one day each August and snowfall is practically unheard of at this time of year.
At 18°C, the average sea temperature for the closest coastal location to Paris in August is much warmer than any of the previous months. This temperature is generally considered to be quite cool, but many people will be able to enjoy a quick dip without feeling too cold. The average daily humidity for the month is 64%, made up of lows of 45% and highs of 93%.
Throughout August, Paris enjoys an average of eight hours of sunshine each day – that’s two hours each day less than in July – a figure which is largely affected by the cloud coverage on any given day. Throughout the month, the sunshine and daylight hours both drop, with the length of the day decreasing by one hour and 36 minutes between August 1st and August 31st.
Across August, wind speeds usually range between 1 m/s and 6 m/s, almost never exceeding 9 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s happens around August 31st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s occurs around August 5th, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s.
Dates for the diary
With most of the locals taking their summer holidays, August can be a very quiet time for events in Paris. Fortunately, there is still a handful of festivals and activities to enjoy in the city. The Paris Quartier d’ete Festival continues on from the middle of July until sometime around August 14th and is comprised of affairs which take place at venues across the whole of Paris – including Park de la Villette, Andre Citroen Park and Luxembourg gardens – so wherever you are, there’s bound to be something going on near you. Open-air dances, musical concerts, circus shows, theatrical performances and art displays are just some of the events which make up the jam-packed programme. Keep an eye out for posters advertising specific times and locations for Paris Quartier d’ete Festival events.
If you’d like to improve your French, attend a Cinéma au Clair de Lune. Held from around August 1st until August 14th, this film festival provides locals and visitors alike with the opportunity to visit temporary open-air cinemas and watch films on warm Paris evenings. A popular mix of classic and modern films are showcased at various locations throughout the city – such as Sacré-Coeur, Place des Vosges, Jardins du Trocadéro and Parc Montsouris – and are completely free to enjoy.
Fete de l’Assomption takes place on August 15th each year at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. This national holiday is when the cathedral takes on an even greater significance as it becomes a place of religious pilgrimage. Each year the Fete de l’Assomption sees around 150,000 visitors stop by Notre Dame to take part in the religious programme which is made up of Lauds, Mass, Vespers, Marian Procession and a film screening.
On August 22nd-24th 2014, Paris celebrates one of the best music festivals of the year – Rock en Seine. Held in the Saint-Cloud Park on the outskirts of the city, this three-day event is made up of an impressive line-up of music groups and artists which change every year. The 2014 line-up has yet to be released, but looking at past performers, the musicians this year are sure to be amazing.
Families holidaying with children won’t want to miss out on the chance to visit Fete a Neu-Neu. Held from August 29th until October 12th 2014, this festival is one of the oldest in the city and is packed with things to see and do. With family-friendly rides and attractions, music concerts, food and drink kiosks, themed evenings, firework displays, dances and children’s shows, there’s bound to be something for everyone here.
Things to do
Make the most of the abundance of August sunshine by spending the afternoon at Place des Vosges. Located in the Marais district, this attraction is one of the oldest squares in the city, lined with pretty buildings which are worthy of a photo or two. Here you can have a quick refreshing nap in one of the many grassy areas or enjoy an ice cream whilst relaxing on a bench and watching the world go by. There are many cafes and restaurants in the area where you can indulge in a leisurely lunch or for a cheaper option, pack yourself a picnic and enjoy it in the park.
If you fancy taking in a show during your holiday, consider How to Become Parisian in one Hour. Highly regarded as one of the very best comedy spectacles in the city, this show is performed entirely in English by one local Parisian who is sure to have you in stitches. Through hilarious stories, funny experiences and amusing jokes, the star of the show tells you how you can become Parisian in only one hour. What really makes this show so special is how relatable all the tales and anecdotes are, so whether this is your first time visiting the city or whether you’ve been to Paris hundreds of times, you’re sure to recognise the characters and personalities.
With so many fantastic museums to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice during your holiday in Paris. Musee du Quai Branly is without a doubt one of the finest and makes a great day out for couples and families alike. There are loads of exhibitions inside the museum to explore, all of which are divided between Oceania, Americas, Africa and Asia collections. With more than 3,500 artworks on display from all over the globe, Musee du Quai Branly is one of the best places in Europe to learn about international art culture. In addition to the many permanent collections, the museum also features 3D displays in which hundreds of items have been recreated in digital form, themed trails, a separate art gallery, interactive programmes, temporary exhibits, restaurant and gift shop.
Passionate foodies won’t want to miss the opportunity to pop into Le Cordon Bleu Academie d’Art Culinaire. This famous cooking school was established over 100 years ago and is now internationally renowned as being one of the best places in the world to learn the best cooking and baking techniques. Le Cordon Bleu Academie d’Art Culinaire offers numerous culinary classes throughout the year, covering a wide range of topics and methods. Some of the most popular classes include the secret of the macaron, seasonal pastries and an introduction to wine. All the classes are led by French-speaking chefs who are accompanied by an English translator.
If art is more your thing, consider visiting the Espace Dali. Located in the heart of the Montmartre district, this display is the only permanent exhibition in France entirely dedicated to Dali. Here you can see all sorts of artwork from the master himself, including 3D sculptures, paintings and rare etchings which are sure to impress even the most discerning art lover. A short description accompanies each work of art, providing a unique insight into the life and work of the artist. Espace Dali is a very small museum and only takes around an hour to explore, so don’t set aside the whole day. Thanks to its small size, large tour groups don’t often visit, which means the gallery is almost always quiet and empty.
Where to stay
When it comes to central accommodation, it doesn’t get much better than Residence Hotel Villa Montmartre. Just a short walk away from the Sacré Coeur Basilica, Moulin rouge and numerous public transport networks, this hotel is perfect for families and couples who want to see the sights during their holiday. Residence Hotel Villa Montmartre provides guests with access to a variety of studios, each of which can sleep between two and four guests. Each room comes complete with free WiFi access, telephone, private bathroom with hairdryer, flat-screen TV and comfortable beds. Guests at the hotel are invited to take full advantage of the services and facilities on offer, such as 24-hour reception, multilingual staff, concierge, pets allowed, public parking, luggage storage, lift and heating.
If you really want to splash out during your holiday, consider staying at Hotel Vice Versa. This designer hotel boasts a wealth of amenities and services, such as Hammam, bar, breakfast in your room, free WiFi access throughout, 24-hour reception, concierge, luggage storage, wake-up service, newspapers, air conditioning and multilingual staff. You’ll find a number of different rooms to choose from here, including themed classic and deluxe rooms, each of which features a designer bed, flat-screen TV, iPod docking station, minibar, safety deposit box, soundproofing, private bathroom with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, air conditioning and heating.
Hotel Saint Augustin Elysees is an equally lavish hotel, only a stone’s throw away from the Opera, Champs Elysées and Place de La Concorde. Here you’ll find a selection of 63 single, double, twin and superior rooms to choose from, each of which features air conditioning, safety deposit box, satellite TV, free WiFi access, private bathroom with complimentary toiletries and hairdryer, telephone, iPod docking station, ironing facilities and wake-up service. Guests at the Hotel Saint Augustin Elysees are invited to take full advantage of the amenities and services available, including breakfast in your room, snack bar, room service, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, newspapers and multilingual staff.
The three-star Pavillon Saint Louis Bastille is a top pick for families and couples looking for somewhere to stay in the centre of Paris. This hotel features its original stonework and is decorated with period artwork, making it ideal for anyone who appreciates architecture and fine art. Pavillon Saint Louis Bastille provides guests with access to a wealth of services and facilities, including bar, breakfast in your room, free WiFi access throughout, airport shuttle, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, concierge, newspapers and multilingual staff. Here you’ll find a vast array of rooms to choose from – including doubles, twins, triples and quadruples – providing something for all budgets and group sizes. Each room comes very well equipped with safety deposit box, air conditioning, heating, desk, private bathroom with complimentary toiletries and hairdryer, telephone, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities, minibar and alarm clock.
Hotel Opera Frochot is one of the finest boutique hotels in Paris, set in the heart of the Montmartre district, just a short walk away from Moulin Rouge. Here guests can choose between single, classic twin, classic double, superior double and luxury rooms, guaranteeing something for all budgets. Each room comes complete with comfortable bed, office, safe, air conditioning, heating, telephone, LED TV, coffee making facilities and alarm clock. There are loads of services and amenities for guests to enjoy onsite, including continental breakfast served in the breakfast room or your personal room, concierge, 24-hour reception, free WiFi access throughout, massage service, lounge bar, luggage storage, newspapers and multilingual staff.