Weather Averages for Paris in July
Averages for Paris in July
July is one of the best months of the year to visit Paris, France, when the weather is mostly dry, sunny and warm. The average temperature for this time of year starts off at 18.5°C on July 1st and very gradually increases until it reaches 20°C by July 30th. Daily high temperatures increase from 23°C to 25°C throughout the month, almost never exceeding 31°C or falling below 18°C. Daily low temperatures range very slightly from 14°C at the beginning of the month to 15°C in the final few days, only rising above 19°C or falling below 10°C one day out of every ten.
In recent times, the highest temperature which has ever been recorded in Paris in July is 37°C. On the other hand, the lowest temperature which has ever been recorded for the month recently is 3°C. When you compare these temperatures to the average for Paris in July – 20°C – it’s easy to see that they’re the extremes and aren’t what you should expect to experience during your holiday.
Across July, Paris experiences an average of 21mm of rainfall which is divided across 11 days throughout the month. With such a high number of days being subject to at least some form of precipitation, there is a good chance that you’ll experience a shower or two during your stay. With this in mind, it’s best to be prepared and pack an umbrella.
Moderate rain is the most likely type of precipitation to occur in this month and usually falls around July 1st. Thunderstorms are the second most common type of precipitation and tend to happen around July 25th. The probability of rainfall slowly drops as the month progresses, decreasing from 45% on July 1st down to 42% by July 31st. As you’d expect for a summer month, Paris in July is only subject to foggy conditions on less than one day and snow is almost non-existent for this time of year. In 2013, the longest dry spell took place between July 4th and July 23rd – that’s 20 consecutive days with no rainfall at all.
The average sea temperature for Paris’ closest coastal location in July is 16°C – that’s significantly higher than any of the previous months. In spite of the increase in temperature, 16°C is generally considered too cold to go swimming, so you’re best off sticking to indoor swimming pools if you really want to take a dip. Across the month, the average daily humidity for Paris in July is 64%, created by highs of 91% and lows of 45%.
Just like the previous month, Paris enjoys an average of ten hours of sunshine each day in July. Across the month, the sunshine and daylight hours both decrease, with the day shortening by 58 minutes between July 1st and July 31st.
Throughout July, wind speeds usually fluctuate between 1 m/s and 6 m/s, very rarely exceeding 9 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s occurs around July 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed in 6 m/s. The lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s tends to happen around July 31st, when the average daily maximum is 6 m/s.
Dates for the diary
There are loads of things going on in Paris in July, with the city brimming with open-air activities and events. The Carnaval Tropical de Paris kicks off on July 5th in 2014 along the Champs Elysées. Attracting more than 200,000 visitors each year, this carnival combines singing, dancing and culture to create an event the whole family will love. The highlight of the event is the parade which is comprised of over 4,000 dancers and musicians all decked out in colourful costumes. Carnaval Tropical de Paris is completely free to enjoy, making it perfect for families and couples on a budget.
The Paris Cinema Festival begins in June 2014 and carries on until the first week of July – sometime around the 8th. A must-see for film lovers, this festival provides visitors with more than 450 films to choose from, leaving families and couples totally spoilt for choice. There is a one-off very affordable fee to pay which provides you with access to the whole festival, including the films, premières, activities, outdoor screenings, concerts and guest appearances.
Between July 10th and July 20th, the Grand Palais springs to life with Etés de la Danse. This popular dance festival features an impressive line-up of contemporary and classic dance groups, guaranteeing something for everyone to enjoy. One of the highlights of the event is the performances from the San Francisco Ballet which will take place from Monday to Saturday and are guaranteed to please.
July sees the celebration of one of the most important events of the year in Paris – Bastille Day. Held each year on July 14th, this event commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with communal meals, dances and parties which everyone is invited to join in with. An incredible firework display is also held on this day and is best watched from underneath the Eiffel Tower.
Paris celebrates summer with the family-friendly Paris Quartier d’ete Festival. Held from around July 14th 2014 until the middle of August, this festival takes place throughout numerous venues across the city – including Luxembourg Gardens, Andre Citroen Park and Park de la Villette – so no matter where you are, there’s sure to be something going on. With musical concerts, open-air dances, theatrical performances, circus shows and art displays, there’s sure to be something for everyone at this festival.
Sports lovers won’t want to miss out on the Tour de France. This internationally-acclaimed sporty event takes place on July 21st in 2014 and covers all sorts of rural, coastal and mountain terrain across the country. Paris is where the race comes to a dramatic end when participants compete to be the first to cross the finish line on the Champs-Elysées. The final is an amazing thing to see, so it’s worth getting to the finish line early to bag a good spot.
July is your last chance to snap up some bargains in the Paris summer sales. Held from the end of June to around July 31st, the sales can be found in shops all over the city – from gigantic malls and well-known stores to small kiosks and individual boutiques – and range from 30% discounts at the beginning to 70%-off by the end of the month. Whether you’re looking to invest in a new wardrobe, the latest technology or even a book, the Parisian summer sales provide you with the ideal opportunity to buy some gifts which taking advantage of great deals and offers.
Things to do
With sunshine almost guaranteed every day, July is a great month to hit the park. Jardin des Tuileries is the oldest and largest park in Paris, making it popular with locals and visitors alike. There are loads of things to see and do inside the park, including various statues, gardens, fountains, ponds and plenty of benches where you can have a rest and watch the world go by. During summer, the Jardin des Tuileries features a fantastic amusement park with loads of rides and attractions, making it a top pick for families with children. A tranquil haven in the centre of a bustling city, this park is a must-visit during your holiday in Paris.
If you want to get out and about for a bit of exploring, head on over to Le Marais. This lively neighbourhood has regained its popularity after falling into disrepair following the French Revolution and is now home to a staggering number of shops, boutiques and kiosks where you can indulge in some window shopping or pick up some gifts for friends and family back home. If you get tired of retail therapy, stop by one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants where you can savour the local cuisine. If you don’t want to splash out, you’ll be pleased to hear that one of the best ways to experience Le Marais is to wander the cobbled streets, soaking up the Parisian atmosphere. Whatever you do, make sure you take your camera – you’ll be surrounded by photo opportunities at every turn.
Art lovers won’t want to pass up the opportunity to visit the Centre Pompidou. Located in the 4th arrondissement, this impressive structure is comprised of exposed pipes, air ducts and primary colours which make it one of the best-known landmarks in the city. The inside of the museum is even more impressive and houses the most important modern art museum in Europe, as well as a library, cinema and various performance spaces. With more than 50,000 works of art from 5,000 artists, you’re sure to find a piece you love here. Families visiting the Centre Pompidou with children will be pleased to hear that there are plenty of activities for little ones to enjoy, including workshops for children aged 12 and under on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as workshops for children aged 13-16.
Pere-Lachaise Cemetery is the most-visited cemetery in the world, making it worthy of a visit during your holiday in Paris. Here you’ll find 69,000 extravagant tombs of the rich and famous, all of which are peppered throughout a 44 hectare garden. Some of the most popular graves at this site include those of Chopin, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison. If you visit, don’t forget to pick up one of the handy free guides from the conservation office which tell you where you can find all the most noteworthy graves. Although it sounds quite a grim activity, Pere-Lachaise Cemetery is a pleasure to visit on a bright and sunny July day.
Melting Pot Comedy Night is the place to go if you’re up for a laugh. The only open mic stand-up comedy show performed in English in Paris, this affordable comedy night is held at the So Gymnase Comedy Club and is a top pick when it comes to evening entertainment. Each night is hosted by Sebastian Marx who introduces a small number of international comedians who have travelled from their home town to perform in Paris. With so many different nationalities, ages, cultures and personalities performing, the Melting Pot Comedy Night is sure to leave you laughing.
Where to stay
Families and couples who want to do plenty of sightseeing during their holiday in Paris should consider staying at Hotel du Prince Eugene. Situated in a central location, just a short walk away from a number of train, metro and bus stations, this hotel provides the ideal base for exploring the city. There are various rooms to choose from – ranging from the affordable standard single up to luxury double superior – guaranteeing something for all budgets, group sizes and tastes. Each room comes very well equipped with comfortable single or double bed, LED TV, WiFi access, private bathroom with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, air conditioning, heating, alarm clock and minibar. Guests at the Hotel du Prince Eugene are encouraged to take full advantage of all the services and facilities available onsite, such as breakfast in your room, WiFi access throughout, public parking, room service, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, concierge and newspapers.
Atelier Montparnasse is an equally well-located hotel, only a stone’s throw away from the Montparnasse train station, the Champs Elysées and the Parc des Expositions at the Porte de Versailles. There are loads of services and facilities for guests to enjoy at the hotel, including breakfast buffet every morning, lounge bar, free WiFi access, business corner, car park, concierge, luggage storage, lift, 24-hour reception, terrace and multilingual staff. Atelier Montparnasse provides a number of different rooms – including singles, doubles, superior doubles, junior suites and nature suites. Each of the 40 rooms comes complete with air conditioning, heating, unlimited WiFi access, flat screen TV, telephone, minibar, safe and private bathroom with hairdryer.
For something a bit more budget-friendly, check out Hotel France Albion. This two-star hotel provides guests with access to affordable single, double, twin, superior and family rooms, guaranteeing something for all group sizes and tastes. Each room features air conditioning, heating, soundproofing, iron, desk, safe, private bathroom with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, free WiFi access, LCD satellite TV and telephone. Guests at the Hotel France Albion are encouraged to take full advantage of the amenities and services on offer, such as breakfast served in your room, bar, public parking, room service, car hire, airport shuttle, 24-hour reception, tour desk, concierge, babysitting, newspapers and multilingual staff.
If you’re looking for a hotel with a difference, think about staying at Hotel du Theatre. This hotel used to be a theatre and is found just minutes away from several train, tram and bus stations, making it a top pick for holidaymakers who want to do a bit of exploring during their visit. There is a plethora of facilities and services to take advantage of onsite, including restaurant, free WiFi access throughout, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, wake-up service and newspapers. Hotel du Theatre offers a selection of rooms for guests to choose from and with everything from economic singles to deluxe mini suites, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for here. Each room comes very well equipped with safety deposit box, private bathroom with complimentary toiletries and hairdryer, telephone, flat-screen TV and minibar.
Couples in search of a romantic and relaxing break in Paris should consider staying at Platine Hotel. Just a short walk away from several public transport networks and a popular shopping district, this hotel provides guests with access to loads of services and facilities, including garden, bar, breakfast in your room or the breakfast room, seminar room, free WiFi access throughout, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, concierge and facilities for disabled guests. The highlight of the hotel is the spa which comes complete with sauna, massage services and Hammam. At Plantine Hotel you’ll find classic, superior and deluxe rooms to choose from, as well as suites, each of which features quality linens, cot, minibar, air conditioning, office, heating, dressing room, telephone, safe, private bathroom with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, TV and iPod docking station.