Average Sunshine a Year in France





The tables below give yearly averages for the number of sunny days and hours of sunshine at dozens of cities throughout France. The annual totals are averages based on weather data collected from 1991 to 2010.

You can jump to a separate table for each corner of the country: Southeast, Southwest, Northeast and Northwest, plus Central France.

Southeastern France

This section of southern France extends from the Mediterranean beaches on the island of Corsica and the French Riviera, or Côte d'Azur, to the peaks of the French Alps. Cities listed here belong to the regions of Corsica, Languedoc - Roussillon, Provence - Alpes - Cote - D'Azur and Rhône - Alpes.

Total annual sunshine
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
2756 Ajaccio (Corsica) 157 64
2579 Bastia (Corsica) 124 68
1986 Bourg-Saint-Maurice 31 108
2119 Carcassonne 89 112
2066 Grenoble 88 122
2002 Lyon 81 128
2858 Marseille 170 60
2405 Montelimar 111 89
2668 Montpellier 148 74
2724 Nice 147 64
2465 Perpignan 120 79
2839 Toulon 166 62

Southwestern France

The weather data below are for cities in the regions of Aquitaine and Midi - Pyrénées. This portion of France ranges from the Atlantic coast to the Pyrenees mountains along France's southern border.

Average amount of sunshine yearly
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
1887 Biarritz 71 131
2035 Bordeaux 80 112
1951 Tarbes 83 124
2031 Toulouse 84 119

Central France

This section stretches from Poitou - Charentes bordering the Atlantic Ocean to Paris in the north. It also takes in the regions of Auvergne, Burgundy (Bourgogne), Centre and Limousin.

Annual average sun
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
1913 Clermont-Ferrand 72 131
1849 Dijon 71 142
2106 La Rochelle 83 111
1900 Limoges 83 141
1767 Orléans 60 144
1662 Paris 51 152
1889 Poitiers 70 132
1833 Tours 65 138

Northeastern France

Weather information in this table is for cities in Alsatian (Alsace), Champagne - Ardenne, Franche-Comté, Lorraine and Nord - Pas-de-Calais, the regions located north and east of Paris.

Number of sunny hours and days a year on average
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
1836 Besançon 73 147
1799 Colmar 62 145
1617 Lille 44 155
1640 Metz 52 162
1665 Nancy 56 161
1693 Strasbourg 60 160
1816 Troyes 67 143

Northwestern France

Cities on the list here are scattered throughout the French regions that border the English Channel and lie northwest of Paris: Brittany (Bretagne), High Normandy (Haute-Normandie) and Low Normandy (Basse-Normandie). Also covered is the Pays de la Loire region, located farther south along the Atlantic Ocean.

Average total sunshine yearly
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
1798 Angers 60 134
1530 Brest 41 159
1691 Caen 44 143
1772 Le Mans 61 140
1827 Lorient 57 134
1791 Nantes 58 134
1717 Rennes 50 141
1558 Rouen 43 162
1565 Saint-Brieuc 38 152
Reference

Météo France. Climat en France.

France Sunshine
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