Weather Averages for Paris in May
Averages for Paris in May
The weather in Paris, France improves dramatically in May, when the summer season is just around the corner. At this time of year, the average temperature for the city increases from 12.5°C on May 1st all the way up to 16°C by May 31st. Daily highs usually range from 17°C to 21°C throughout the month, very rarely rising above 26°C or falling below 12°C. Daily low temperatures rise from 8°C to 11°C across May, only exceeding 15°C or dropping below 4°C one day in every ten.
In recent times, the highest temperature which has ever been recorded in Paris in May is 32°C, with the lowest temperature ever recorded in the city during this month being 1°C. When you compare these temperatures to the average for the month – 15°C – it’s easy to see that they’re the extremes and aren’t what you should expect during your holiday. In 2013, the longest cold spell of the year took place from May 14th to June 6th – that’s 24 consecutive days with cooler than average low temperatures.
With an average of 26mm of rainfall divided across 12 days throughout May, there’s a good chance you’ll experience a shower or two during your visit. Moderate rain is the most common type of precipitation in Paris this month and usually falls around May 1st. Thunderstorms are the second most likely type of precipitation and tend to occur around May 29th, followed by light rain around May 11th. The probability of rainfall decreases very slowly as the month progresses, dropping from 53% on May 1st down to 50% by May 31st. Despite the fair amount of rainfall, Paris is only affected by foggy conditions on less than one day each May. Fortunately, snow is extremely unlike at this time of year, so you can leave your hats, gloves and scarves at home.
The average sea temperature for Paris’ closest coastal location in May is 11°C, which is significantly higher than the previous months. Even though it’s much warmer than March or April, the sea in May is far too cold to go swimming and any more than a minute in the water would leave you feeling freezing. Across the month, the average daily humidity is 67%, created by lows of 50% and highs of 91%.
Paris enjoys an average of nine hours of sunshine each day throughout May – that’s the same as in April. Across the month, the daylight and sunshine hours both rise, with the length of the day increasing by one hour and 16 minutes between May 1st and May 31st.
Wind speeds usually vary from 1 m/s to 7 m/s throughout May, very rarely rising above 9 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s occurs around May 3rd, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. The lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to happen around May 23rd, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s.
Dates for the diary
In Paris, May kicks off with local Labour Day celebrations on May 1st. On this day, almost all shops, supermarkets and government buildings will be closed whilst people take a break from work. It’s traditional throughout Paris on this day for locals to sell the regional Lily of the Valley (the Muguet) to other locals and visitors for good luck. If you’d like to pick up a seasonal souvenir, consider stopping by one of the Muguet stalls and picking up a flower to press and take home with you.
Avid gardeners won’t want to miss out on the chance to experience the Fete du Muguet de Rambouillet. Held at the Place de la Libération on May 12th and 13th in 2014, this festival is in honour of the Muguet flower which commonly grows throughout Rambouillet. Festivities kick off on the evening of May 12th with the crowning of the flower queen, followed by a firework display. The next day the activities and events continue with a colourful parade with giant floats which travel throughout the Grenonvilliers neighbourhood, passing through the Chateau de Rambouilet Park.
If you’re visiting Paris on a budget, make sure you set aside some time for Nuit des Musées. Held on May 17th in 2014, this family-friendly event sees various museums throughout the city opening their doors to the public for free from around 6pm until midnight. Some of the most popular museums which regularly participate include the Musée Bourdelle, Musée d’Art Moderne, Victor Hugo’s House and the Petit Palais. In addition to the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions which the museums have, most of them also feature special workshops and events for the Nuit des Musées which aren’t available throughout the rest of the year.
From May 25th until June 8th in 2014, the French Open takes place in Paris. If you’d like to attend this sporty event, there are loads of companies online offering a variety of tickets and packages. With everything from five-star all-inclusive tennis and accommodation packages to affordable ticket-only options, there’s something to suit every budget.
On May 31st in 2014, the Fete du Jeu takes place at Place Léon-Blum in Paris. The ideal day out for adults and children alike, the Fete du Jeu is made up of more than 500 events and activities which are completely free to enjoy. The idea behind the festival – which translates into Game Festival – is to emphasise the importance of games in childhood development, education, knowledge and cultural expression. With all sorts of games to play – including video games, toys, board games, card games, outdoor games and traditional games, to name a few – this festival is sure to be a hit with all visitors.
Things to do
Make the most of the pleasant May temperatures by spending an afternoon or two at Parc Monceau. Popular with locals and visitors alike, this park is open every day from 7am until 8pm and is packed with things to see and do for holidaymakers of all ages, abilities and tastes. Here you’ll find two children’s play parks, sandbox, ride, refreshment stall, skate park, public toilets, WiFi hotspots and loads of drinking water points. All the facilities at Parc Monceau mean that you can choose to do as much or as little as you please here, whether that’s relaxing on a bench in the sunshine or strapping on your skates and taking to the ramps.
Pont Alexandre III is highly regarded as the most elegant bridge in Paris. Decorated with fine artwork, this bridge adds a hint of charm to the city and, with the Eiffel Tower clearly visible in the background, provides a fantastic photo opportunity for visitors. A must-visit for art lovers, the Pont Alexandre III is a typical Art Nouveau structure, lined by a number of stunning lamps, nymphs and angels, although you don’t have to be an artist to appreciate its beauty. After you’ve walked along the bridge, pop into the café below where you can enjoy a coffee whilst you watch the world go by.
Ile de la Cite is home to some of the biggest and best attractions in Paris – including the Notre Dame Cathedral and Palais de Justice – making it definitely worthy of a visit during your holiday. This area is where Paris as we know it today first began and is the best place to catch a glimpse of the traditional Parisian way of life. With an almost never-ending choice of cafes, bars, restaurants, crèperies and shops to wander around, you’ll need a fair few hours to fully explore the Ile de la Cite.
A trip to Paris isn’t complete without stopping by Sacre Coeur. Located in the Montmartre district of Paris, this attraction sits atop a hill, awarding visitors with stunning views which stretch right across the city. The basilica is completely free to enter, but if you really want to make the most of your visit, you’re best off signing up for a guided visit or thematic tour. If you prefer to enjoy things at your own pace without having to keep up with a tour guide, consider opting for the audio guide – available in English and French – which allows you to learn all about Sacre Coeur in your own time.
If you fancy visiting a museum during your visit, consider popping into the Musée de Cluny, currently referred to as ‘Musée National du Moyen Age’ today. This museum is dedicated to the Middle Ages and features a wide variety of artwork in all sorts of forms, providing something for everyone to enjoy and admire. There are various permanent collections to wander around, including those dedicated to the Roman world, gothic sculptures, antiques from the Middle Ages, new acquisitions, miniature paintings and stained glass, gold and ivory, everyday life in the Middle Ages, upholstery and fabrics and items which have been loaned to the museum. In addition to the many permanent collections, Musée de Cluny is also home to various temporary exhibits, events, workshops, musical concerts and film screenings, making it a must-visit during your holiday.
Where to stay
Families and couples looking for somewhere to stay during their holiday in Paris should take a look at Hotel Apollon Montparnasse. Just a short distance away from various public transport networks, this hotel is ideally located for those who want to get out and about during their stay in the city. Hotel Apollon Montparnasse provides guests with a number of spacious rooms to choose from, each of which includes air conditioning, fridge, private bathroom with hairdryer, computer, free WiFi access and flat screen TV. There is a wealth of services and facilities available onsite, too, such as airport shuttle, café, concierge, bank, breakfast buffet, private parking, 24-hour reception and multilingual staff.
Thanks to its enviable location, Hotel Eiffel Turenne is one of the best places to stay in Paris. Situated only a ten minute walk away from the Eiffel Tower, this hotel provides guests with access to a vast array of rooms – including single, classic, classic plus, traditional, adjoining, club, superior and Eiffel rooms – guaranteeing something for all tastes, budgets and group sizes. Each room comes very well equipped with air conditioning, heating, free WiFi access, double-glazed windows, LCD TV, safe, private bathroom with hairdryer and international newspapers. Guests are encouraged to take full advantage of the amenities and services available, including bar, breakfast room, breakfast in your room, concierge, secretarial service, parking, luggage room and laundry services.
Hotel Acropole is another top pick for holidaymakers visiting Paris. Within easy walking distance of bus, tram, train and metro stations, this hotel is perfect for visitors who want to fully explore Paris. Hotel Acropole offers guests 43 rooms to choose from, each of which comes complete with LCD satellite TV, telephone, free WiFi access, safe, private bathroom with hairdryer and double-glazing for a great night’s sleep. You’ll find a selection of facilities and services available for guests to enjoy here, including multilingual staff, free newspapers, 24-hour reception and concierge, airport shuttle, parking, breakfast in your room and vending machine.
When it comes to stylish and contemporary hotels in Paris, Nadaud Hotel is one of the finest. Just a short walk away from the Gambetta Metro station, this hotel is ideal for couples and families who want to do plenty of exploring during their holiday. Nadaud Hotel offers a variety of amenities and services for guests to enjoy, including breakfast in your room, free WiFi access throughout, luggage storage, lift and dining room, with plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants in the immediate area. Here you’ll a selection of comfortable rooms to choose from, each of which comes well equipped with flat screen TV, private bathroom with hairdryer, desk and one double or two single beds.
With very reasonable room rates, Hotel Marcel is perfect for holidaymakers on a tight budget in Paris. Guests have 28 different rooms to choose from – including standard, superior, deluxe, junior suite and family suite – each of which features city views, telephone, flat screen TV, ironing facilities, air conditioning, heating, private bathroom with bathrobe and slippers, soundproofing and alarm clock. Guests at Hotel Marcel are invited to take full advantage of the services and facilities available, such as wake-up calls, breakfast in your room, free WiFi access throughout, room service, shuttle service, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, concierge, newspapers and facilities for disabled guests.