Corsica, France: Live Weather
Live weather in Corsica
The latest and today's weather in Corsica, France updated regularly
- Sunrise 07:46
- Sunset 16:53
|Temp feels like:||61°F (16°C)|
|Length of Day:||9h 7m|
|Pressure:||29.89" (1012 hpa)|
|Visiblity:||10 miles (16 km)|
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Historic Temperatures for 16th December in Corsica
|Average High||55°F (13°C)|
|Record High||63°F (17°C) (2006)|
|Average Low||37°F (3°C)|
|Record Low||27°F (-3°C) (2010)|
Weather in Corsica
Corsica is an island located off the coast of France and Italy, to the north of Sardinia. It is the 4th largest island in the Mediterranean Sea at 8,680 km² and is home to towns and cities such as Bastia, Calvi, and the capital of Ajaccio.
The island's physical geography is incredibly diverse with a mix of coastal towns, forests and mountainous terrain which provides stunning scenery and a host of outdoor activities, making it a popular tourist destination.
In general, the island has a mild Mediterranean climate that's influenced by winds and moderated by the mountains, which means it has hot summers and cool winters. It is situated in one of France's sunniest regions – in fact it has one of the highest sunshine records in France, averaging over 2,700 hours of sun per year.
Corsica has a cooler climate in comparison to France's more northern regions due to the cooling effect of the Ocean and the increased rainfall this leads to. This is by no means negative though, as it encourages a greener countryside and less extreme heat in the summer. It still gets incredibly hot but not to the extent of southern, inland regions.
There is some regional variation in weather, with a slightly colder, more alpine-like climate at higher altitudes. The island's main mountain range divides the island, so the North is warmer than the South and the East is wetter than the West. The city of Ajaccio is known for its pleasant microclimate; sheltered from the north winds by mountainous terrain and sitting right on the sea.
Summer is the most popular time for tourists to visit Corsica, when the temperatures are highest, but the island has something to offer holiday makers all year round. Visitors can check the weather forecast before they travel.
Summer Weather in Corsica
If you're looking for sunshine and high temperatures, summer is the best time to visit Corsica. From May to September, the island is consistently hot and humid. Average temperatures are 22°C in the hottest months of July and August, though highs can, and often do, hit 27°C. May, June and September are a little cooler but regularly see day time temperatures in the pleasant mid-20s. Summer nights offer some cooling relief on the island, with average lows of between 14°C and 17°C.
Rainfall is relatively steady throughout the year, but summer is the driest season, making it a popular time for those looking to avoid wet weather. June, July and August are very dry, with between just 11 and 20mm of rainfall a month while May and September see the majority of the summer's rain.
Corsica receives around 11 to 12 hours of sunshine a day in peak season, with not a great deal less to be expected during the beginning and end of the summer.
While early and late summer might be seen as a little unpredictable, days of sunshine are still guaranteed, the slightly cooler temperature can be more comfortable and the crowds considerably smaller. June and September are recommended as the perfect times to visit this area of France, but if you prefer intense, uninterrupted heat then the peak of the season will suit you better.
Autumn Weather in Corsica
Summer slowly starts to leave the island in September, as autumn arrives. However, temperatures will still remain pleasant into October and this is a popular time for holiday makers to visit. Average day time temperatures are 17°C with balmy highs of 21°C. November is when things start to cool down, with an average of 12°C. The lows of the season are around 7°C towards the end, which can feel rather brisk.
Sunshine levels also continue to drop, though there are still 7 sunny hours in October and 5 sunny hours in November for travellers to enjoy.
Those planning to visit Corsica in autumn should be aware that November is the wettest month of the whole year, seeing 96mm of rainfall and 18 wet days. Being slightly drier and warmer, October would be the recommended autumn month to travel to the island.
Winter Weather in Corsica
Corsica's winters are cool so anyone visiting at this time of year should pack clothes suitable for this weather. At its coldest in January and February, average temperatures are around 8°C but average lows are around 3°C meaning it can easily get chillier, especially at night.
The days are considerably shorter at this time of year, with December only seeing around nine hours of daylight. As you would expect, sunshine levels are also lower in winter which is something that holiday makers should consider. Both December and January see 4 sunny hours per day, rising to 5 hours in February.
It is generally more damp and overcast at this time of year, though not unpleasant by UK's standards. Rainfall is steady throughout the season, at between 70 and 76mm of precipitation a month. While snow is rare, it has been known to occur.
Winter is not the time to visit Corsica if you want a beach break in the sun. However, the weather is generally better than places such as the UK at this time of the year and the island's towns and resorts are much less crowded with tourists. In addition, the extra rainfall means that Corsica's natural assets are beautiful at this time of year - all great reasons to visit Corsica in winter.
Spring Weather in Corsica
Spring arrives in Corsica in March. Temperatures start to rise, sunshine increases and the whole island bursts into colour as the flowers bloom. The signs of summer weather are showing their heads too but haven't fully emerged.
The island starts to dry up after the winter season, and March and April see 52mm and 58mm of rainfall respectively. This isn't as dry as the summer, but it means that over half of the days of the month will be dry.
Daylight hours and sunshine are also starting to increase, with 6 to 8 sunny hours every day in spring.
Average temperatures are around 9°C to 12°C at this time of year, with highs of 17°C in April, which will feel very warm and pleasant. However, nights are still rather cold, and a jacket will be required.
Of course, one advantage of visiting Corsica in the slightly cooler spring months is that the island is much more peaceful than peak summer season. If you're looking for a relaxing break, March and April are great times to plan your holiday.