Weather Averages for Paris in February
Averages for Paris in February
February is a very cool time to visit Paris, France, when the city is still in the midst of the winter season. During this month, the average temperature for the capital increases very slightly from 4°C on February 1st up to 5.5°C by February 28th. Daily highs range from 7°C to 9°C throughout the month, going over 14°C or falling below 1°C only one day out of every ten. Daily low temperatures rise from 1°C to 2°C over the course of the month, rarely falling below -4°C or exceeding 7°C.
In recent times, the highest temperature which has ever been recorded for Paris in February is 20°C, with the lowest temperature ever recorded in recent times being -12°C. When you compare these temperatures with the average for the month – 5.5°C – it’s easy to see that they’re the extremes and aren’t what you should expect during your holiday.
With an average of 22mm of rainfall divided across 13 days throughout February, it’s likely that you’ll experience a shower or two during your visit, so be prepared and take some water-proof clothing with you. Moderate rain is the most likely type of precipitation and usually occurs around February 1st. Light rain is the second most common type of rainfall and tends to happen around February 7th. As the month goes on, the probability of precipitation at some point during the day decreases from 61% on February 1st down to 56% by February 28th.
Paris is subject to an average of three days of snowfall each February, with the 2nd of the month being when the likelihood of snow is at its highest. Even though the accumulation of snow is fairly uncommon during this month, the chances of snow lying on the ground are at their highest around February 23rd. As you would expect for a cold winter month, Paris is affected by foggy conditions on an average of three days during February.
At 8°C, the average sea temperature for Paris’ closest coastal location is far too cold to go swimming. The average daily humidity for February is around 80%, made up of highs of 95% and lows of 61%.
The city enjoys an average of five hours of sunshine every day during February, a number which can greatly be affected by cloud density. Across the month, the sunshine and daylight hours both rise, with the length of the day increasing a total of one hour and 34 minutes between February 1st and February 28th.
Throughout the month, wind speeds usually vary between 2 m/s and 7 m/s, very rarely going over 11 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to occur around February 1st, with the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s happening around February 12th. In 2013, the highest sustained wind speed was 12 m/s, which occurred on February 5th.
Dates for the diary
If you’re into Manga or Sci-Fi, you won’t want to miss the chance to attend the Paris Manga and Sci-Fi Show. Held on February 8th-9th in 2014 at the Porte de Versailles, this popular convention offers plenty of things to see and do, including an introduction to Nin-Jutsu, martial art demonstrations, game of go competitions, makeup workshops, photo booths, karaoke zones, Sohei games and signings by loads of famous faces. There will also be a great number of exhibitions on the day led by editors and fanzines, sci-fi boutiques, Stargate zone, video game areas and special guests.
Chinese New Year falls on January 31st, but the main events are celebrated in Paris on February 9th in 2014. Known for its loud firecrackers, flamboyant dancing and lively music, this festival is great fun for the whole family to enjoy, as well as an insight into a fascinating culture. For many, the highlight of the Chinese New Year celebrations are the three parades which are organised by local Chinese communities and take place throughout Marais and Belleville. The celebrations in Paris are the largest in the whole of France, making them a must-visit whilst you’re in the city.
The famous Parisian sales continue on until February 11th in 2014, when you can get your hands on loads of amazing deals and bargains. Almost every single shop in the capital – from the huge department stores to the small artisan kiosks – will boast amazing discounts, so whether you’re after a new wardrobe, a souvenir of your stay or the latest high-tech gadgets, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for at a great price.
Paris is one of the most romantic cities in the world, so it’s no surprise that there are plenty of things happening on February 14th. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, most cafes and restaurants will offer special themed menus which you can enjoy as part of a candle-lit meal for two. Many other attractions also offer special deals, such as the Crazy Horse which is hosting a special Valentine’s Day show that incorporates half a bottle of champagne rose and a souvenir photo, whilst Bateaux-Mouches is offering lovers the opportunity to go on a romantic evening cruise.
Held between February 22nd and March 2nd 2014 at the Porte de Versaille, the Salon International de l’Agriculture is an annual event which highlights modern-day agriculture methods and techniques. This expo is divided into four sections – livestock and breeding sectors; products and gastronomy; crops, plants, nature and lifestyle; and agricultural services and professions – and is suitable for all sorts of holidaymakers to enjoy, not just farmers. With themed trails, children’s activities, over 3,500 animals to meet, animal competitions, product competitions, conferences and workshops, there’s plenty to see and do here.
February is your last chance to have a go at ice skating outside the Place de l’Hotel de Ville. Open until February 28th 2014, the ice rink outside this iconic building is completely free to enjoy – providing you’ve brought your own skates with you. If you haven’t got your own set of ice skates, you can rent some onsite for very affordable rates. When you’re finished gliding across the ice, pop into one of the many nearby cafes where you can warm up with a hot chocolate.
Things to do
February can be a very cold and damp time to visit Paris. If the weather does take a turn for the worst, make the most of your holiday by taking a trip to the Musee d’Orsay. This popular museum is home to a vast collection of exhibitions, including drawings, paintings, architecture, photographs and sculptures, providing something for every art fan to enjoy. In addition to the many permanent collections, the Musee d’Orsay also features regular temporary exhibitions. In February 2014, the museum will host the light opera entitled Offenbach, the concert Gustave Doré on an evening and at lunchtime, and the international exhibition of Renoir. If you want to get the most that you can out of your visit, sign up for the Discovering the Musée d’Orsay or the 19th Century Art tour.
Art lovers won’t want to miss the opportunity to visit Sainte-Chapelle – one of the most famous monuments in Paris. Located in the heart of the Palais de la Cité, this impressive structure is known for its many stained glass windows which cast colourful shadows on the floor on the interior. Even if you’re not religious, this chapel is certainly worth a visit for the chance to admire the architecture and see some of the most beautiful stained glass windows in the world. Throughout February, Sainte-Chapelle is open from 9:30am until 6pm and can easily be reached by using public transport.
If books are more your thing, consider visiting the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore. This shop doubled up as a library, publishing house and boarding house for aspiring writers when it first opened, but today it’s almost a pilgrimage site for literature lovers. The Shakespeare and Company Bookstore has an extensive stock of second-hand books for sale, as well as various events and workshops which take place throughout the year. In February 2014, the famous bookstore will host a children’s hour with Kate Stables, a lecture from Maggie O’Farrell, a discussion with Margaret Drabbel and an appearance Louise Doughty who will be talking about her latest novel.
If you’re visiting Paris in February as part of a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway, make sure you stop off by the Pont des Arts. Visited by thousands of lovers each year, this bridge is best known for the staggering number of personalised padlocks which have been left by the visitors. Join in with the fun by taking your own padlock with you and your lover’s names written on and clipping it onto the bridge. Whether or not you’re adding a padlock, make sure you take your camera to the Pont des Arts – the image of thousands of padlocks clipped onto the sides of the bridge is truly amazing.
Another top romantic activity in Paris is a horse and carriage ride. Each carriage comes complete with blankets to keep you warm on a cool February night whilst you’re led through the streets by a six-year-old black shire horse, passing by some of the most beautiful parts of Paris along the way. There are five different routes available, each of which takes in different sections of the city, providing something for everyone to enjoy.
Where to stay
The three-star Hotel Joyce – Astotel is perfect for families and couples looking for somewhere to stay during their holiday in Paris. Set in the heart of the city, this hotel offers a series of uniquely-decorated double, twin and single rooms, each of which comes very well equipped with air conditioning, free WiFi access, iPod docking station, private bathroom with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, safety deposit box, desk, heating, telephone, radio and satellite TV. There are loads of services and facilities onsite for guests to enjoy, such as room service, parking, breakfast in your room, 24-hour reception, luggage storage and newspapers and bar.
Hotel Eiffel Kennedy is another centrally-located hotel, found in the middle of the city, close to the National Radio House, Eiffel Tower and several Underground stations. Here you’ll find a selection of single, double twin and connected rooms, each of which features air conditioning, desk, heating, private bathroom with hairdryer and toiletries, telephone, radio, satellite TV and minibar. Hotel Eiffel Kennedy boasts a range of amenities and services, including wake-up calls, breakfast in your room, free WiFi access, room service, airport shuttle, car hire, 24-hour reception, tour desk, luggage storage, concierge service and newspapers.
When it comes to low-cost accommodation in Paris, Home Moderne is a top pick. Located in the south of the city, just a short walk away from the Porte de Versailles and the Parc des Expositions, his hotel provides guests with access to a variety of services and facilities, including air conditioning, internet access, breakfast in your room, 24-hour reception, tour desk, luggage storage, newspapers and facilities for disabled guests. Here you’ll find a number of rooms to choose from – including doubles, twins and suites – each of which comes complete with safety deposit box, air conditioning, desk, heating, private bathroom with hairdryer and free toiletries, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities.
Within easy access of the Viaduc des Arts, Marais, the Bastille and the Gare de Lyon, the Grand Hotel Dore is ideal for holidaymakers who want to see the sights during their stay in Paris. Guests can choose from single rooms, double rooms and superior rooms, each of which comes equipped with comfortable bedding, private bathroom, telephone, flat screen TV, free WiFi access, mini bar and safe. The Grand Hotel Dore provides guests with access to many amenities and services, such as bar, 24-hour reception, newspapers, lift, safety deposit box, heating, luggage storage, air conditioning and buffet breakfast served in the breakfast room.
Located in one of the most popular parts of the city, the Best Western Prince Montmartre is perfect for couples and families looking for somewhere to stay during their holiday in Paris. Here you’ll find 31 tastefully decorated classic and superior rooms, each of which features flat screen satellite TV, telephone, tea and coffee making facilities, safe, internet access and private bathroom with hairdryer. The Best Western Prince Montmartre offers a wealth of services and facilities for guests to enjoy, including wake-up calls, breakfast in your room, free WiFi access, shuttle service, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, concierge, newspapers and multilingual staff.