Paris: August Weather AveragesDaily averages for August
|Sunshine Hours||8 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||10 %|
|Rainfall days||10 days|
|Chance of Rain||46 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||29 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||17 %|
Daily averages for August
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Averages for Paris in August
August is a very popular month 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.
River Seine in Paris, France via Moyan
Where to stay
The centrally located Villa Montmartre is set inside a secret garden in Montmartre in the 18th arrondissement, making it perfect for a quiet holiday in Paris. The privately-owned apartment is set on the second floor of a traditionally historic Parisian building and features a sitting/dining room with double sofa bed, one bedroom with oak wardrobes and a queen-sized bed, natural marble bathroom with ultra-modern shower and fully-equipped kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, toaster, kettle and filter coffee maker. Additional facilities and services include free WiFi access, TV, local phone calls, daily cleaning and airport pickup. Nearby neighbourhood highlights include tree-filled courtyards, the Moulin Rouge, food markets, Sacre Coeur Cathedral, Place du Tertre, one metro station and one bus stop.
For something more top-end try the Hotel Vice Versa. This designer hotel features contemporary decor focused on the seven deadly sins - lust, envy, sloth, gluttony, pride, greed and wrath. All details, from furniture and wallpaper to light fittings and artwork have been custom-made by one local designer. Within this four-star hotel you'll find 37 themed classic and deluxe rooms spread out over six floors, each of which features free WiFi access, minibar, flat-screen satellite TV and private bathroom with Italian shower. Deluxe rooms are larger and boast bigger bathrooms with two sinks. Each of the guestrooms is decorated in line with one of the seven deadly sins, subject to availability. Onsite services and facilities include continental breakfast served in a gluttony-themed dining room, Hammam spa located in the Hell-themed basement and free WiFi access throughout.
Hotel Saint Augustin Elysees is an equally lavish hotel, located on a quiet street, close to Opéra, Champs Elysées and Place de La Concorde. Here you’ll find 63 single, double, twin and superior rooms, each of which is decorated with shimmering noble hues and features air conditioning, satellite TV, free WiFi access and private bathroom with complimentary toiletries and hairdryer. Within the hotel you'll find a living room where free afternoon snacks are served, dining room which hosts daily continental breakfast buffets, open bar and room service. Thanks to its central location, there is a plethora of cafes, bars, restaurants and entertainment venues within easy walking distance.
Located close to the Bastille and Garde de Lyon train station, the three-star Pavillon Saint Louis Bastille is set inside the heart of Paris, within a ten-minute walk of Marais and the Place des Vodges. The historic building features original stonework and is decorated with period artwork, giving it some real character. Here you'll find 31 standard and classic single, double, twin, triple and quadruple rooms, as well as junior suites. Each guestroom features free WiFi access, air conditioning, flat-screen TV and welcome tray with tea and coffee. Junior suites are larger and offer a separate living room and kitchenette. Within the hotel you'll find free WiFi access throughout, breakfast buffet served in the dining room or your guestroom and bar-lounge which serves soft drinks, coffee and alcohol.
Hotel Opera Frochot is one of the finest boutique hotels in Paris, set in between the bohemian Montmartre and the elegant Opéra districts, close to the Moulin Rouge. Accommodation comes in the form of 24 classic and superior single, twin and double rooms influenced by Haussmann and Bohème artists. Each guestroom features LED TV with Freeview, coffee making facilities, air conditioning and private bathroom with complimentary toiletries, whilst superior rooms are larger and boast Nespresso coffee machines. Onsite services and facilities include continental breakfast served in the dining room or your guestroom, lounge bar, free WiFi access throughout and massages.
Eiffel Tower at Night in Paris, France via Moyan
Things to do
Make the most of the August sunshine by spending the afternoon at Place des Vosges. Located in the Marais district, this attraction is the oldest planned square in the city, dating back to 1604 when it was ordered by King Henry IV. The square is set on the dividing line between the 3rd and 4th arrondissements and is lined by 17th century large red bricked buildings with white stone facades, steep blue-slated roofs and dorm windows, all constructed over arcades. Inside the park, you'll find benches, walkways and grassy areas ideal for relaxing and soaking up some rays, wholst surrounding the park you'll find a wealth of bars, cafes, restaurants and art galleries set inside the identical buildings.
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 makes fun of stereotypical Parisian behaviour. 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.
The Musee du Quai Branly is one of the finest museums in Paris and features loads of indigenous art exhibitions divided between Oceania, Americas, Africa and Asia collections. Here you'll find round 450,000 objects, including 1,500 paintings and 9,000 sculptures, 3,500 of which are on display at any one time between permanent and temporary themed exhibits. Permanent and large exhibits change every six months, meaning the museum always has something new to offer. In addition to the main collections, the museum also features 3D displays in which hundreds of items have been recreated in digital form, themed trails, interactive programmes, 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 finest 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. 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, even during the peak August season.
Moulin Rouge at night in Paris, France via Moyan