Average Sunshine in France for December





The tables below give December averages for the number of sunny days and hours of sunshine at dozens of cities throughout France.

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

The total number of hours in the month with sunshine is an average of weather data collected during 1991 to 2010. The numbers of days with strong and weak sunshine are based on measurements made from 1991 to 2000.

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 December sunshine
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
116 Ajaccio (Corsica) 7 11
128 Bastia (Corsica) 7 10
91 Bourg-Saint-Maurice 0 13
92 Carcassonne 4 15
72 Grenoble 3 18
54 Lyon 1 21
135 Marseille 7 10
92 Montelimar
136 Montpellier 9 12
139 Nice 10 9
126 Perpignan 6 11
129 Toulon 8 11

Southwestern France

The monthly sunshine totals 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 sun in December
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
88 Biarritz 4 16
82 Bordeaux 3 17
109 Tarbes
85 Toulouse 3 15

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.

Average December sun
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
69 Clermont-Ferrand 3 19
54 Dijon 2 21
76 La Rochelle 3 19
78 Limoges 5 19
57 Orléans 2 21
51 Paris 2 21
65 Poitiers 2 20
59 Tours 2 22

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 in December on average
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
53 Besançon 1 21
58 Colmar 2 21
50 Lille 2 21
41 Metz 1 24
44 Nancy 1 23
Reims 2 22
43 Strasbourg 1 24
54 Troyes 2 22

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 in December
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
69 Angers 2 21
65 Brest 2 19
61 Caen 1 20
64 Le Mans 2 21
75 Lorient 2 20
76 Nantes 3 19
69 Rennes 1 19
49 Rouen 1 22
65 Saint-Brieuc 1 18
Reference

Météo France. Climat en France.

France Sunshine
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