Average Sunshine in France for January





The tables below give January 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 January sunshine
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
137 Ajaccio (Corsica) 8 9
134 Bastia (Corsica) 8 9
113 Bourg-Saint-Maurice 0 10
97 Carcassonne 5 14
95 Grenoble 6 15
74 Lyon 3 19
145 Marseille 10 10
105 Montelimar
143 Montpellier 10 10
158 Nice 12 8
141 Perpignan 10 11
147 Toulon 12 9

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 January
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
100 Biarritz 6 13
96 Bordeaux 5 13
118 Tarbes
93 Toulouse 5 14

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 January sun
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
89 Clermont-Ferrand 5 18
64 Dijon 2 20
84 La Rochelle 4 16
86 Limoges 6 16
66 Orléans 3 19
62 Paris 2 20
70 Poitiers 3 18
70 Tours 2 18

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 January on average
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
75 Besançon 3 17
72 Colmar 2 19
66 Lille 3 19
54 Metz 2 22
56 Nancy 2 21
Reims 3 19
58 Strasbourg 2 21
69 Troyes 4 20

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 January
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
69 Angers 2 18
61 Brest 2 19
70 Caen 2 18
66 Le Mans 2 19
70 Lorient 2 18
73 Nantes 3 17
69 Rennes 2 18
59 Rouen 3 20
65 Saint-Brieuc 2 19
Reference

Météo France. Climat en France.

France Sunshine
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