is a region in northern France
that covers an area of land measuring 19,399 square kilometres and is home to a
population of about 1,890,000 people. The prefecture (regional capital) is the
city of Amiens.
incorporates many different types of terrains, climates, and environments. It
is home to the Somme estuary, where the Somme
River meets the English Channel and
produces long sandy beaches, as well as large forests and pastures in east and
vineyards further south, closer to Burgundy
is typified by the oceanic climate that encapsulates northern France, with a
fair amount of precipitation and moderate seasons. Winters are quite cool throughout
the region, but only very rarely does the mercury drop below freezing. Summer is
quite warm, with most cities in Picardy
hitting their apex in temperature in July or August, but still it does not get
very hot, with average maximums usually between 22 to 25 degrees Celsius. Precipitation
is distributed evenly throughout the year. Wind speeds are higher near the
coast and considerably lower in the flat-lying and forest-shielded areas of the
interior. There is a significant variation in the number of daylight hours in Picardy throughout the year. In the dead of winter there
are as little as 8 daylight hours, but that number is about doubled in the
summer, with June seeing an average of 16 sunshine hours.
In Picardy, April
experiences a significant degree of temperature variation. Averages at the
start of the month are often two to three degrees lower than the average at the
end of the month. Amiens
normally averages out to 8.5C, with highs of 12.6 and lows of 4.5C. Creil, about 105 kilometres
south-east of Amiens,
just north-east of the Parisian metropolitan area, has averages that are about
one degree higher; 9.8C, a high of 14.5C, and lows of 5.1C. There are 13
daylight hours at the beginning of the month and 14.5 at the end. There are
about 9 rainy days throughout most of Picardy
in April, delivering an average of 48.2 mm of precipitation. The average wind
speed over the month is about 16 kilometres.
In May, temperatures and sunlight continue to increase
in Picardy. Foreste, which lies about 92
kilometres north-east of Creil, has an average temperature of 12.6C, with highs
of 20C and lows of 10C. 65 kilometres to the east, Laigny, near the Belgian
border, has a normal of 12.6C, highs of 17.5C, and lows of 7.8C. 11 rainy days
can be expected in May.
The end of spring brings slightly warmer temperatures
and plenty of sunlight. Every day in June
experiences more than 16 hours of daylight. Amiens has an average daily temperature of
14.6C, with normal lows around 10.5C and highs of 19C. 10 days of rain is
usually normal, though Creil gets a couple less days of precipitation, with an
average of 8 days every June.
As summer hits full swing, July brings warmth and sun to
the region of Picardy. The amount of daylight
is about 16 hours per day and 8 days of rain on average. Both Foreste and
Laigny enjoy average temperatures of 17.4C, with highs of 22.7C and lows of
12C. July has some the lowest wind speeds of the year, with a regular of about
13 kilometres an hour.
In August the number of daylight hours drops from just
over 15 at the beginning of the month to 13 and a half by month’s end. Despite
this, however, August is in some respects the sunniest month in Picardy, because it is usually the month that experiences
the least amount of cloud cover. As a result, August also has the least amount
of precipitation of any summer month, with about 55.7 mm of rainfall. This
month also has the lowest wind speed, 12.5 kilometres per hour. Creil provides
some of the hottest weather for tourists to bask in, with averages of 19C, highs
of 24.7C, and lows of 13.2C.
like August, has a relatively small amount of cloud cover and 9 to 10 rainy
has a mean temperature of 14.7C for the month, with expected lows of 10.5C and
highs of nearly 19C. Creil is a bit warmer, with an average of 15.7C, lows of
10.6c, and highs of nearly 21C. The amount of daylight hours remains around 14.
Foreste, like the rest of Picardy, begins to
cool down in October, with a mean temperature of 10.6C, a standard high of
14.5C, and a regular low of 6.7C. The number of sunshine hours decreases from
11.5 at the beginning of October, to 10 by the end.
The normal temperature for Laigny in November is 6C,
with highs of 9C, and lows of 3C. Creil is a bit warmer, with an average
temperature of 7.2C, with regular highs and lows of 10.3C and 4C, respectively.
Sunlight hours go from just over 9.5 at the start of November to 8.5 at the
end. The number of rainy days varies from 9 to 12 throughout the region.
The end of the year brings a good deal of cloud cover.
December is also relatively rainy, with about 62 mm of rain falling over about
11 days. The mean December temperature in Amiens
is 4.8C, with a regular high of 7C and a low of 2.6C.
The New Year blows into Picardy
with the highest average wind speeds of the year, nearly 20 kilometres an hour.
January is also usually the cloudiest month of the year, though oddly enough, there
is not that much precipitation;
only 51mm. The number of daylight hours creeps up from 8 to 9 over the month. The
mean temperature in Foreste is 2.8C, with a high of 5.2C, and a low of just
above freezing at 0.4C.
February is the driest month in Picardy,
delivering 41.4 mm of precipitation, usually over 9 rainy days. The average
wind speed is about 18.5 kilometres per hour throughout the month. Both Laigny
and Foreste experience average temperatures of 3.5C, lows of 0.5C, and highs of
March usually experiences the same wind speeds as
February, along with 10 to 11 rainy days. Amiens
has a mean temperature of 6.6C, highs of 10C, and lows of 3.3C.