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Last Updated: 19 August 2023

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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:

Spring in February in Paris - Parc Monceau 01 © French Moments

 Spring in February in Paris - Parc Monceau 02 © French Moments

 

Spring in February in Paris - Parc Monceau 03 © French Moments

Spring in February in Paris - Parc Monceau 04 © French Moments

Spring in February in Paris - Parc Monceau 05 © French Moments

 

The Gardens of the Champs-Elysées in February

In the gardens of the Champs-ÉlyséesSpring was showing its first signs too:

Spring in February in Paris - Jardins des Champs-Elysees 04 © French Moments

Spring in February in Paris - Jardins des Champs-Elysees 03 © French Moments

Spring in February in Paris - Jardins des Champs-Elysees 02 © French Moments

Spring in February in Paris - Jardins des Champs-Elysees 01 © French Moments

 

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:

 

Temperature

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.

Seventh arrondissement from Tour Montparnasse © French Moments
The Invalides by night (Seventh arrondissement) © French Moments

 

Rainfall

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.

 

Sunshine

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.

Eiffel Tower © French Moments
Eiffel Tower in winter © French Moments

 

Wind

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.

 

Snow

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.

Winter in Paris © French Moments
Winter in Paris (Square Rapp) © French Moments

 

Clothing

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.

 

Activities

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.

Pont Neuf Paris
Pont Neuf, Paris © French Moments

 

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.

 

All photos © French Moments

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About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of Discovery Courses and books about France.

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