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How cold is France in the winter?

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grannymouse303 Wed 13-Sep-17 15:05:19

Has anyone been to France in Nov/Dec time?

We're thinking of going for a few days and we just want to know how much we'll need to wrap up! Is it much colder than England?

MawBroon Wed 13-Sep-17 15:08:59

It's a big country so it may depend on whether you are in the North e.g.Lille, or in Paris, Provence or indeed the Alps!!
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Welshwife Wed 13-Sep-17 15:15:03

Can be VERY cold depending where you are going - we are in the SW - Dordgne and it goes well below freezing and can remain like that all day. Should you be renting somewhere make sure there is a good heating system and if a wood burning stove a supply of wood.
Once we get to the end of Nov I wear a thermal camisole, a long sleeved heatgen T shirt from Marks and my jumper - I have two forms of footwear - flip flops and boots - only wear shoes really when in UK. But I am a person who notices the cold.
It is still lovely though - one year we had Hoar frost form over night on Christmas Day and it remained for nine days without melting at all. Minus 13 is not uncommon and in some exposed areas has been as low as -19.
I always find that hotels and restaurants are kept beautifully warm. I think near the coast it may not be so cold but we are in the middle of a land mass.

Mamie Wed 13-Sep-17 15:18:02

It really does depend on where you are. Here in Normandy is pretty similar to Kent and Sussex.

Lillie Wed 13-Sep-17 15:18:58

Chilly in Northern France. We were wearing big woollies and fleeces by November, but nowhere near as freezing as in January/February.
Other areas will differ.

harrigran Wed 13-Sep-17 16:00:16

I have been in France at Christmas and it was pretty cold but I have friends who have dined by the swimming pool in Provence.

Christinefrance Wed 13-Sep-17 16:18:40

Depends where you are of course, here in the Limousin it has been quite mild for the last three years but it has been minus 17 on occasions. We chose this area because the climate was similar to UK just a bit more so. I don't like the heat.

TriciaF Wed 13-Sep-17 16:49:48

We live just south of Welshwife, and even so have had some very severe spells of cold since we've been here.
I think the centre of the country can be colder than the west coast.
Try looking around Bordeaux, or south of there towards Biarritz.
France is such a beautiful country, and so much space!

Welshwife Wed 13-Sep-17 18:25:27

I have read people in Brittany saying they have warmer temperatures than those further south - perhaps the Gulf Stream?

Mamie Wed 13-Sep-17 18:39:20

I am not sure the OP is coming back, but as we France dwellers are all gathered here - how is the weather with you? Here it has rained all day, "comme une vache qui pisse" as the locals say. ๐Ÿ˜€โ›ˆ

Welshwife Wed 13-Sep-17 19:03:31

Cold this morning - warmed up and we had lunch outside but drizzle on and off for lots of the day. The farmer is cutting the maize around us.

Christinefrance Wed 13-Sep-17 19:10:00

Yes rained on and off all day but not cold. Strong winds were forecast for today and tomorrow but all is calm at the moment. Farmers out here in force too harvesting.

Mamie Wed 13-Sep-17 19:12:11

I think the rain and winds are bad across all of the north. We watch the lunchtime programme on TF3 called Meteo ร  la carte; recipes, visits to artisans and interesting places plus weather. Raining non-stop for the next week I think. ๐Ÿ˜จ

TriciaF Wed 13-Sep-17 19:36:19

It's been sunny here all day, up to 26ยฐ this pm.
But rain forecast for tomorrow, and it rained most of yesterday too.

Mamie Wed 13-Sep-17 19:38:54

It hasn't got above 16ยฐ here. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ We got back from the south on Sunday and had to put the cental heating on.

ffinnochio Wed 13-Sep-17 21:56:13

We've had the kind of day that I call 'inside out' which often happens at this time of year. A wet, drizzly but warm outside, but chilly indoors. Not the lovely cool that happens in the heat of summer, but just damn chilly. Socks and jumpers needed - but resisting warming the house up. Off to Spain in a day or so; back to summer I hope.

Lillie Wed 13-Sep-17 22:14:05

Here it has rained all day, "comme une vache qui pisse"
That's a great expression Mamie! When I first lived in France, I said to someone "il pleut les chats et les chiens." They fell about laughing! grin

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