Weather Averages for Paris in October
Averages for Paris in October
October is a very cool time of year to visit Paris, France, when the weather can be cold and wet. At this time of year, the average temperature starts off at 14°C on October 1st and drops down to 9.5°C by October 31st. Daily lows range from 6°C to 10°C, exceeding 14°C or falling below 2°C only one day out of every ten. Daily highs follow a similar pattern and fall from 18°C to 13°C over the course of the month, almost never rising above 23°C or dropping below 9°C.
The highest temperature which has ever been recorded in Paris in October in recent times is 29°C. On the other hand, the lowest temperature ever recorded during this month in the city is -3°C. When you look at these temperatures alongside the average for the month – 12°C – it’s easy to see that they’re the extremes and aren’t what you should be prepared for during your holiday.
With an average of 25mm of rainfall divided amongst 13 days throughout the month, there’s a very good chance you’ll experience a shower or two, so be prepared and bring an umbrella with you. Moderate rain is the most common type of rain you’ll experience if you visit Paris in October and around October 30th is when it’s most likely to occur. Light rain is the second most likely type of precipitation you’ll experience and tends to happen around October 23rd.
The probability of rainfall gradually increases as the month progresses, starting off at 49% on October 1st and rising up to 56% by October 31st. As you’d expect for an autumn month, October is affected by foggy conditions on an average of three days. On the plus side, snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall during this month.
The average sea temperature for the closest coastal location to Paris in October is 16°C. Although some swimmers may be able to handle it, this temperature is generally considered to be too cold to enjoy a dip. If you’re determined to go swimming, you’re best off sticking to indoor swimming pools. The average daily humidity for Paris in October is 79%, made up by lows of 59% and highs of 97%.
Throughout the month, Paris enjoys an average of six hours of sunshine each day – that’s two hours less each day than in September. Across October, the sunshine and daylight hours both rapidly decrease, with the day shortening by one hour and 43 minutes between October 1st and October 31st.
The wind speeds fluctuate greatly over the course of a typical October, usually falling between 1 m/s and 6 m/s. The highest average wind speed of 4 m/s usually occurs around October 30th, when the highest average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s. On the other hand, the lowest average wind speed of 4 m/s tends to happen around October 1st, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 6 m/s.
Dates for the diary
From October 4th to 19th in 2014, Mondial de l’Automobile will take place at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles. A must-visit for motor lovers, this event is a top opportunity to see cutting-edge vehicle design from all over the world. Some of the most popular exhibitions on the day will be from famous names such as Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Bridgestone, Cadillac, Ford, Fiat, Hyundai, Kia Motors, Skoda, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus and Rolls Royce.
On the evening of October 5th 2014, Paris celebrates White Night, often referred to as Sleepless Night in French. Organised by the town council, this event is one of the most highly anticipated of the year and involves plenty of things to see and do that the whole family will enjoy. From around sunset on the 5th to sunrise on the 6th, the streets of Paris will burst to life with music performances and street theatre throughout the busiest streets of the city and along the Seine’s banks. Traffic is very limited on this evening, so it’s recommended that you use the Underground to get about.
Foodies won’t want to miss out on the chance to experience Fetes des Vendanges de Montmartre. Held on the second weekend of the month – October 17th-19th in 2014 – this festival takes place in the 18th arrondissement to celebrate the unique vintage that the region produces. At this time of year the entire neighbourhood comes together to sample the wine alongside local sausages, oysters, cheese, honey, charcuterie and other regional produce. Fetes des Vendanges de Montmartre is a great opportunity to learn more about the French culture whilst filling your stomach at the same time.
From October 23rd until October 27th in 2014, holidaymakers in Paris will have the opportunity to visit Art Elysées & Design Elysées sur les Champs Elysées. One of the major art fairs of Europe, this event is comprised of a giant market overflowing with fascinating pieces of all sorts of styles and techniques. Even if you’re not in the market for any pieces yourself, the Art Elysées & Design Elysées sur les Champs Elysées is a wonderful place to wander for inspiration, ideas and window shopping opportunities.
Fiac takes place between October 23rd and October 26th in 2014. A must-visit for art lovers, this event is focused on contemporary art and features a huge number and variety of exhibits. Here you can admire all sorts of artwork, from sketches, paintings and photographs to sculptures, digital artwork and even living pieces. Whether you’re interested in purchasing a piece or just want to see what’s new in the art world, Fiac is definitely worth a visit.
Held from October 30th 2014 until November 3rd, Le Salon du Chocolat is another event foodies won’t want to miss out on. This festival is dedicated entirely to chocolate and attracts around 130,000 visitors each year who travel to the 20,000m2 venue to take part in conferences, admire exhibits, watch the infamous chocolate fashion show and take in the many chef demonstrations. Even if you’re not interested in cooking or baking, a visit to Le Salon du Chocolat is a must if only for the chance to take home lots of free samples.
Things to do
A trip to Paris isn’t complete without stopping by the Musee du Louvre. This gallery is one of the most famous in the world and is home to the internationally-renowned Mona Lisa portrait and world-famous Venus de Milo statue. Here you’ll find more than 35,000 works of art to admire, all of which are divided between various themed temporary and permanent exhibitions. Whilst you’re totally free to wander around the Musee du Louvre yourself, the best way to really experience the art gallery is by signing up for one of the guided tours. If you’re on a tight budget, you can download one of the app guides or follow the thematic visitor trails. After you’re finished exploring the art gallery, chill out in one of the cafes or restaurants before hitting the gift shop on your way out.
If you’re looking for a day out with a difference, consider a Flight Experience. This activity gives you the opportunity to be a pilot for a day and take the controls of a replica Boeing 737 cockpit. There will be a fully qualified pilot alongside you for the entire experience, so if you have any problems or get stuck, help is always close at hand. There are several different itineraries to choose from – including single flights and touch-and-go flights from airports throughout the world – providing something for everyone to enjoy. The views from the simulator are amazing and incredibly realistic, making this activity a must-try during your holiday in Paris.
If a Flight Experience isn’t your thing but you still want to try an unusual activity, how about visiting Les Catacombes? These catacombs originated in the 18th century and provide a fascinating space to explore if you’ve had your fill of museums and art galleries. Until January 2015, the current exhibition is entitled the Sea in Paris and allows visitors to learn all about the geological heritage of the catacombs which began around 45 million years ago. In addition to signing up for this temporary exhibition, you can also go on a catacomb discovery tour – available in English at least once each week – to find out everything there is to know about the underground cemetery.
The Musee National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet is a fantastic place to visit if you’re looking for a break from French art and culture. This exotic museum provides you with a direct route to Asia through all sorts of artwork, ranging from Buddha figures and Samurai armour made in Japan to Indian textiles and Chinese fine art. With such an impressive range of objects on display, there’s something for everyone to enjoy here. In addition to the collections, you’ll find ongoing workshops, activities and events suitable for all ages here, providing plenty to keep all visitors entertained. Highly regarded as the largest museum devoted to Asian art in Europe, the Musee National des Arts Asiatiques-Guimet is also home to a café and a bookshop where you can pick up gifts for friends and family back home.
Montmartre is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Paris and it’s no wonder why. With an almost never-ending number of winding streets to explore, as well as plenty of tourist attractions, cafes, wine bars, restaurants and shops, there’s loads to see and do here. This section of Paris always has a very colourful atmosphere, with locals and visitors merging together in the streets, boutiques and eateries. Whilst Montmartre is very pleasant to visit during the daytime, the best time to visit is just before sunset. Grab yourself a glass of wine at one of the many bars and watch the sun set in the distance before the night sets in and the twinkling lights of Paris turn on. Whatever you decide to do here, make sure you don’t forget your camera – you’ll be surrounded by unbeatable photo opportunities everywhere you look.
Where to stay
The three-star Hotel Jardin Le Brea is perfect for families and couples looking for somewhere to stay during their holiday in Paris. Situated in the heart of Montparnasse, close to Luxembourg Gardens, the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain, this recently-renovated hotel boasts a number of services and facilities, including breakfast in the dining room, free WiFi access throughout, bar, parking, safety deposit box, concierge, laundry services,multilingual staff and 24-hour room service. The Hotel Jardin Le Brea provides guests with a choice of 23 rooms, each of which comes with air conditioning, private bathroom with hairdryer, flat screen TV, telephone and electronic safe.
If you’d rather stay in an apartment than a hotel room, check out Helzear Rive Gauche. This complex is made up of numerous apartments, divided between one bedroom, one bedroom alcove, one bedroom business, two bedroom and three bedroom. Each apartment comes complete with living room; kitchenette with oven, microwave, hob, fridge, freezer and cooker; private bathroom and separate bedroom with queen-sized bed. Guests are invited to take full advantage of the amenities and services available, including garden, breakfast served in your room, free WiFi access throughout, airport shuttle, luggage storage, concierge, babysitting, laundry services, newspapers, facilities for disabled guests and multilingual staff.
Hotel Astoria Opera is perfect for holidaymakers who want to enjoy a quiet location during their holiday in Paris. Situated in a tranquil street between the Opera and the Great Shopping Centre, Hotel Astoria Opera provides guests with access to loads of amenities and services, such as free WiFi access throughout, breakfast room, breakfast served in your room, room service, 24-hour reception, multilingual staff, business centre, laundry services, safe and lift. Here guests can choose between 86 single, double and twin rooms, each of which features air conditioning, satellite TV, safety deposit box, desk, heating, private bathroom with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, telephone and radio.
When it comes to accommodation in the Latin Quarter, Hotel Saint Christophe is one of the best. Within easy access of Notre Dame, St Germain des Pres and Jardin des Plantes, this hotel is ideally located for holidaymakers who want to do a bit of sightseeing during their holiday. Hotel Saint Christophe provides guests with access to single, twin and double rooms, each of which comes very well equipped with flat screen TV, minibar, private bathroom with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, telephone, radio and alarm clock. There are many amenities and services available onsite, including library, free WiFi access throughout, public parking, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, newspapers, safety deposit box, lift and multilingual staff.
Couples and families who want to soak up everything Paris has to offer should consider staying at Source Hotel. Located just a short distance from loads of major attractions and public transport networks, this hotel boasts a vast array of services and facilities, including free WiFi access throughout, public parking, vending machine, airport shuttle, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, concierge, newspapers, facilities for disabled guests and sound-proofed rooms. Source Hotel provides guests with access to single, double, triple and family rooms, each of which comes with safety deposit box, air conditioning, heating, desk, private bathroom with hairdryer and complimentary toiletries, telephone, satellite TV and alarm clock.