Paris: February Weather AveragesDaily averages for February
|Sunshine Hours||5 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||8 %|
|Rainfall days||13 days|
|Chance of Rain||47 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||53 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||41 %|
|Chance of Fog Day||16%|
|Chance of Snow Day||15%|
Daily averages for February
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Averages for Paris in February
February is a very cool time to visit Paris, France, when the city is 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.
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.
Aerial view of the Champs Elysees in Paris, France via Moyan
Where to stay
The three-star Hotel Joyce – Astotel is situated at the crossroads of the theatre district, in Place St-Georges and close to the So-Pi neighbourhood. What makes this hotel stand out above the crowd is the decor - with luxury car furniture turned into seating, an inverted Eiffel Tower, modern glass roof and tromple-l'oeil paintings. Here guests can choose between uniquely-decorated single, twin and double rooms, each of which features free WiFi access, iPod docking station, satellite TV and private bathroom with complimentary toiletries. Within the hotel you'll find free Wifi access throughout, continental breakfast buffets and open bar. Children under two years old can stay free of charge.
Hotel Eiffel Kennedy is set in the middle of the city, close to the National Radio House, Eiffel Tower and several metro stations. Here accommodation comes in the form of single, double twin, quadruple and connected rooms, each of which includes satellite TV, minibar and private bathroom with hairdryer and toiletries. Onsite amenities and services include free WiFi access throughout and continental breakfast served in your room or within the breakfast room. Note that there is no parking available. Although facilities are limited, thanks to the hotel's central location, you'll find loads of shops, supermarkets, cafes, bars and restaurants nearby.
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, this hotel provides guests with double rooms, twin rooms and suites decorated in pastel colours. Each guestroom includes satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, free WiFi access and private bathroom with bath or shower and hairdryer. Suites are larger and are intended for families of four. Within the hotel you'll find a dining room which hosts continental breakfast buffets and free WiFi access throughout. Athough there is no parking onsite, there are two bus lines which frequently stop directly outside the hotel and travel to the city centre.
Within easy access of the Viaduc des Arts, Marais, the Bastille and the Gare de Lyon, the Grand Hotel Dore is ideally positioned for sightseeing. Here guests can choose from single rooms, double rooms and superior rooms, each of which comes equipped with flat screen TV, free WiFi access and mini bar with free soft drinks on the first night. Onsite amenities and services include bar which serves soft drinks, coffee and alcohol, breakfast room where French breakfast buffets are served and free WiFi access. Even though the amenities on offer are very limited, the hotel's major attraction is its location, with tourist attractions, landmarks, bars, clubs, eateries and public transport networks just a walk away.
Located in one of the most popular parts of the city, the Best Western Prince Montmartre is within easy access of the Sacre Coeur Basilica, the Eiffel Tower, Saint Pierre and Place Emile Goudeau, as well as a metro station and taxi rank. Accommodation comes in the form of 31 classic and superior guestrooms, each of which features flat-screen satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities, internet access and private bathroom with hairdryer. Within the hotel, you'll find free WiFi access throughout, continental breakfast served in the breakfast room or your room and airport shuttle. Note that no parking is available onsite.
City lights in Paris, France via superUbO
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 exhibitions of drawings, paintings, architecture, photographs and sculptures. In addition to the many permanent collections, the Musee d’Orsay also features regular temporary exhibitions. In February 2016, the museum will host the Charles Gleyre (1806-1874) exhibition - the first one ever devoted entirely to the artist. 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.
For another artsy attraction, consider visiting Sainte-Chapelle – one of the most famous monuments in Paris. Located in the heart of the Palais de la Cité, this church was consecrated in 1248, after it was comissioned by King Louis IX of France to house his Passion Relic collection. Today this impressive structure is known for its many 13th century stained glass windows which cast colourful shadows on the floor on the interior. 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 on Paris' Left Bank. This shop functioned as a library, publishing house and boarding house for aspiring writers when it first opened in the early 1990s. In its heyday, it was the popular meeting place for several famous writers, including James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound. Today the bookstore is almost a pilgrimage site for literature lovers, after being highlighted by several films, such as Before Sunset and Midnight in Paris. The Shakespeare and Company Bookstore has an extensive stock of second-hand books for sale and also hosts various events and workshops which take place throughout the year.
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. 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 a truly amazing one you'll want to capture.
Another top romantic activity in Paris is a horse and carriage ride. Each carriage comes complete with blankets to keep you warm on a cold 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.
Pont Alexandre III in Paris, France via Joe