Weather Averages for Paris in November
Averages for Paris in November
November is a very cold time to visit Paris, France, when the weather tends to be wet and the temperatures low. During this month, the average temperature starts off at 9.5°C on November 1st and drops down to 5.5°C by November 30th. Daily highs decrease from around 13°C at the beginning of the month down to 8°C by the end, very rarely exceeding 17°C or falling below 3°C. Daily lows start off at 6°C and fall down to 3°C, only rising above 11°C or dropping below -2°C one day out of every ten.
In recent times, the highest temperature which has ever been recorded in Paris in November is 20°C, with the lowest temperature ever recorded for this month being -9°C. When you compare these temperatures to the average for the month – 7°C – it’s clear that they’re the extremes and aren’t what you should expect to experience during your holiday.
Throughout November, Paris is subject to an average of 22mm of rainfall. This precipitation is spread across 15 days throughout the month, which means it’s highly likely that you’ll experience a shower or two during you’re visit, so make sure you pack an umbrella. Moderate rain is the most expected type of rainfall for this month and usually happens around November 19th. This is followed by light rain which tends to occur around November 23rd.
The likelihood of rainfall steadily increases as the month develops, starting off at 56% on November 1st and rising up to 60% by November 30th. As you’d expect for a winter month, November is subject to foggy conditions on an average of four days. There is a small chance that you’ll experience some snowfall if you visit Paris this month. November 30th is when the probability of snowfall is at its highest, when it occurs in 5% of days.
In November, the average sea temperature for Paris’ closest coastal location is 13°C – that’s 3°C cooler than in October. As you can imagine, this temperature is far too cold to go swimming, so swap your day at the beach for an afternoon at an indoor swimming pool if you’re determined to go for a dip. The average daily humidity for Paris in November is 85%, created by highs of 97% and lows of 70%.
Across the month, Paris enjoys an average of three hours of sunshine each day – that’s half the amount of sunshine each day than in October. Throughout November, the sunshine and daylight hours both decrease significantly, with the day shortening by one hour and 17 minutes between November 1st and November 30th.
Over the course of a typical November, wind speeds fluctuate between 1 m/s and 6 m/s, rarely rising above 10 m/s. The highest wind speed of 4 m/s tends to occur around November 28th, when the highest average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. The lowest average wind speed for this month is 4 m/s which usually happens around November 3rd, when the daily maximum wind speed is also 6 m/s.
Dates for the diary
The entire month of November – November 1st until November 30th – is dedicated to Photo Month (known as Le Mois de la Photo) each year in Paris. This event is held in various art galleries throughout the city and involves art exhibitions, lectures, galas, event launches, guided tours, workshops, presentations and discussions, providing plenty of things to see, do and get involved in.
Armistice Day takes place in Paris each year on November 11th. The highlight of the event is the military parade which proceeds from the Arc de Triomphe down to the Champs Elysées and is held in memory of those who were injured or killed during World War One. As well as the parade, Armistice Day includes special services which are held in churches throughout the city, the decoration of war memorials and a general solemn atmosphere. Keep in mind that Armistice Day is a public holiday, so almost all shops, schools, supermarkets and businesses will be closed.
Held from November 13th until November 16th in 2014, the Paris Photo Agenda takes place at the Grand Palais in Paris. A must-visit for art lovers on holiday in the city during this month, this event involves artists and exhibitors from all corners of the world who come together to share their love, passion and admiration for art. With sculptures, photography, paintings, drawings, fashion and collages on display, there’s something to suit all tastes here. In addition to the exhibitions, the Paris Photo Agenda will also comprise of talks, award ceremonies and book signings.
Each year from the middle of November until the middle of December, Paris celebrates Africolor. The dates for this year’s event have yet to be released, but it’s expected to take place around November 15th in 2014. This month-long African festival is dedicated to music and comprises numerous concerts, activities and events throughout various venues, including Montreuil, St-Denis and St-Ouen. A great way to learn about an exotic culture without leaving Europe, Africolor is an event the whole family can enjoy.
Paris celebrates Beaujolais Nouveau on November 20th in 2014. A popular event amongst foodies, Beaujolais Nouveau marks the very first day that the new Beaujolais Nouveau wine will be served in restaurants and cafes throughout the city. Whilst you’ll have the option to try the popular wine in loads of different venues, Morgans Hotel and Morgans Marquee always put on special events for the day. As well as being able to try the new wine, on November 30th you’ll also be able to indulge in a three-course lunch or dinner at these venues, alongside live entertainment.
Things to do
If the November weather is a bit grey and drizzly, make the most of your Paris holiday by planning loads of indoor activities. The Musee des Arts et Metiers is a great place to visit whatever the weather and is packed with things to see and do for visitors for all ages. The majority of the museum is dedicated to various permanent exhibitions where you’ll find around 3,000 objects displayed at any one time. The exhibitions are divided amongst various different themes, including materials, scientific instruments, communication, construction, transport and mechanics. Unfortunately, all the guides and workshops are only held in French, so you’ll need to bring a phrasebook or rent an audio guide. Before you leave the museum, don’t forget to stop by the gift shop where you can pick up all sorts of souvenirs and gifts for friends and family back home.
Musee de l’Orangerie is one of the most highly-rated museums in France, making it a must-visit during your holiday in Paris. Ideal for first time and repeated visits alike, this museum’s appeal is a combination of its size, content and attention to detail. Despite its large size, the Musee de l’Orangerie only features a small number of masterpieces, many of which – such as Monet’s Nymphéas – are displayed exactly as they were intended to be. In addition to several pieces from Monet, this museum is also home to the Walter-Guillaume collection of post-impressionist works. If you want to take full advantage of your visit, make sure you sign up for one of the individual English guided tours, follow an audio guide or take part in a workshop.
Located in the heart of Paris, Essaion Theatre is a top pick when it comes to evening entertainment in the city. This small theatre is made up of two rooms, each of which features its own charm and evokes a different atmosphere. The Essaion Theatre’s programming is rich, creative and varied, with numerous musical concerts and theatrical performances put each evening from 6pm onwards throughout the year. The calendar for November has yet to be released, but as it stands children’s performances are expected to be held on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The Pantheon is one of the most important buildings in Paris, making it more than worthy of a visit during your holiday. Constructed between 1764 and 1790, this landmark guards the bodies of numerous famous people who played an important role in the history and identity of France. There are many ways to explore the Pantheon, providing an option for all time limits and budgets. You can choose to pick up a one-hour written guide at the entrance and follow it, sign up for a 45 minute guided tour – only available in French – or reserve a private guided tour in advance – available in English, French and Spanish. However you decide to visit the Pantheon, make sure you don’t forget your camera.
Located in the 9th arrondissement, Passage Jouffroy is a great place to go to pick up some souvenirs of your visit or gifts for friends and family. This small street is lined by bookshops where you can snap up great deals on second-hand art books, chocolate shops with hand-made treats, toy shops with all sorts of vintage and retro products, cafes where you can enjoy a coffee and old-fashioned clothes shops where you can pick up unique items. The Passage Jouffroy is also home to a small wax museum and an old hotel. A great place to unwind from the hectic Parisian city streets, Passage Jouffroy offers you the chance to step back in time and see what Paris was like generations ago.
Where to stay
When it comes to centrally located accommodation, you can’t beat Hotel Palm Opera. Within easy walking distance of the Gare du Nord Station, shops, cafes and restaurants, this hotel is perfect for holidaymakers who want to be close to plenty of things to see and do. Here guests will find plenty of facilities and services to take advantage of, including breakfast served in your room, free WiFi access throughout, public parking, room service, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, concierge, newspapers, lift, heating and air conditioning. Hotel Palm Opera provides a number of rooms – such as singles, doubles and twins – each of which comes well equipped with air conditioning, heating, safety deposit box, desk, ironing facilities, private bathroom with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, telephone, radio and satellite TV.
If you like the sound of a designer hotel, check out Hotel Longchamp Elysees. Only a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower, this hotel is perfect for visitors who want to be in the centre of all the action. Hotel Longchamp Elysees provides guests with access to single, twin, double, triple and quadruple rooms, guaranteeing something for all group sizes. Each room features safety deposit box, air conditioning, private bathroom with hairdryer, telephone, satellite TV, mini bar and alarm clock. There are loads of onsite amenities and services, including garden, bar, snack bar, breakfast served in your room, free WiFi access throughout, drinks and snacks vending machine, 24-hour reception, car hire, babysitting, luggage storage, ticket service and multilingual staff.
Families and couples looking for affordable accommodation in the centre of Paris should check out Hotel Saint-Jacques. Situated in the Latin Quarter, close to Notre Dame and Ile de la Cite, this hotel boasts loads of services and facilities, including library, bar, breakfast served in your room, free WiFi access, public parking, 24-hour reception, shuttle service, tour desk, ticket service, luggage storage, concierge, babysitting, laundry services, newspapers, facilities for disabled guests and safety deposit box. Guests at Hotel Saint-Jacques can choose from several room types – including single, double, twin and triple rooms – each of which features safety deposit box, heating, air conditioning, desk, private bathroom with complimentary toiletries and hairdryer, satellite TV and telephone.
Hotel Le Squara is perfect for visitors who want to be close to the Moulin Rouge during their holiday in Paris. There are many different rooms to choose from – from standard and classic to superior and deluxe – providing something for all budgets and group sizes to enjoy. Each room comes very well equipped with safety deposit box, air conditioning, heating, desk, sound-proofing, private bathroom with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, telephone, radio, laptop safe, satellite TV, minibar and alarm clock. Guests Hotel Le Squara are invited to take full advantage of the amenities and services on offer, such as free WiFi access throughout, public parking, car hire, 24-hour reception, concierge, housekeeping, lift, sound-proofing and multilingual staff.
Holidaymakers looking for accommodation in Paris should consider staying at Hotel Peyris Opera. Located within walking distance of the Opera Garnier, as well as the Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est train stations, this hotel is ideally located for families and couples who want to get out and about for a bit of exploring. Guests can choose between single, double, twin and triple rooms, each of which comes complete with heating, air conditioning, desk, sound-proofing, private bathroom with complimentary toiletries and hairdryer, telephone, satellite TV, tea/coffee making facilities and alarm clock. Hotel Peyris Opera boasts a number of services and facilities for guests to enjoy, including bar, breakfast served in your room, free WiFi access throughout, public parking, airport shuttle, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, concierge, housekeeping, wakeup service, newspapers and multilingual staff.