Today as we walked across the 8th arrondissement and its public parks, we encountered the first signs of Spring… Yes, that’s right, Spring in February in Paris! Here are a few photos of this exceptional event!
Spring or February in Paris?
Except for a frigid week in January, the weather has been mild in Paris since the beginning of Winter. With temperatures 3-5 degrees C higher than in the surrounding suburbs and rural parts of the Île de France region, it should not be surprising to see the fresh colours of Spring so early in February.
However, the effect of seeing Spring emerging in the middle of Winter is always surprising… For the record, we took similar photos of trees in blossom last year at the end of March!
Parc Monceau in February
Here are the first touches of spring in Parc Monceau, from grass flowers to trees in blossom:
The Gardens of the Champs-Elysées in February
In the Marais
A few days later near the métro Sully-Morland (4th arrondissement):
February in Paris: What to expect?
In the month of February, Paris experiences the tail end of winter, transitioning towards the promise of spring. The weather during this time is characterized by chilly temperatures and the possibility of occasional rain, with a mix of cloudy and partly sunny days. Here’s a comprehensive description of what weather to expect in Paris during February:
February in Paris typically sees cold temperatures, with average highs ranging from around 6°C (42.8°F) to 8°C (46.4°F) and average lows ranging from 1°C (33.8°F) to 3°C (37.4°F). While daytime temperatures can occasionally reach double digits, particularly later in the month, it’s advisable to be prepared for colder weather, especially during the evenings.
Paris experiences moderate rainfall in February, with an average of about 40-45 mm of precipitation spread over 11 to 14 rainy days. While rain is not constant, carrying an umbrella or raincoat is recommended, as intermittent showers are possible.
February sees relatively shorter daylight hours, with the sun setting earlier in the evening. You can expect around 4 to 5 hours of daylight daily despite this. Cloudy days are common, but there are also periods of partly sunny or even clear skies.
Wind speeds tend to be moderate during February, adding a slight chill to the air. Wind chill can make the temperatures feel colder than they are, so wearing layers and appropriate outerwear is essential.
While snowfall is possible, it’s not frequent in Paris during February. Snowflakes may dust the city for a short period, creating a picturesque scene against the backdrop of iconic landmarks. However, any snowfall is likely to be light and temporary, with a low likelihood of accumulation on the ground.
Packing for Paris in February requires a mix of warm clothing essentials. Consider packing thermal layers, sweaters, a warm coat, gloves, a scarf, and comfortable waterproof shoes. These will help you stay comfortable while exploring the city.
Despite the colder weather, there’s plenty to enjoy in Paris during February. Museums, art galleries, and indoor attractions are perfect for escaping the chill. Additionally, you can warm up with hot chocolate in one of the city’s charming cafés or explore covered passages and shopping arcades. If you’re lucky enough to experience a sunny day, a stroll along the Seine or visiting a local park can offer a delightful escape.
In summary, Paris in February offers a mix of chilly temperatures, occasional rain, and the possibility of a few sunny days. While the weather is colder, the city’s charm remains undiminished. With the right clothing and a willingness to explore indoor and outdoor attractions, you can make the most of your visit to the French capital this winter month.
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