Average Sunshine in France for March





The tables below give March 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 March sunshine
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
212 Ajaccio (Corsica) 13 6
192 Bastia (Corsica) 9 6
165 Bourg-Saint-Maurice 1 8
173 Carcassonne 10 10
170 Grenoble 8 9
170 Lyon 8 10
239 Marseille 16 4
200 Montelimar
221 Montpellier 14 6
217 Nice 13 6
210 Perpignan 13 7
234 Toulon 14 4

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 March
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
164 Biarritz 8 9
170 Bordeaux 8 8
169 Tarbes
175 Toulouse 10 10

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 March sun
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
161 Clermont-Ferrand 7 11
151 Dijon 7 13
166 La Rochelle 7 9
157 Limoges 9 12
141 Orléans 5 13
129 Paris 4 15
154 Poitiers 7 11
144 Tours 5 12

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 March on average
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
142 Besançon 8 14
145 Colmar 6 13
121 Lille 4 15
126 Metz 5 15
129 Nancy 5 15
Reims 4 14
135 Strasbourg 6 14
144 Troyes 6 13

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 March
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
136 Angers 4 13
119 Brest 4 15
126 Caen 3 14
134 Le Mans 5 14
138 Lorient 4 13
141 Nantes 5 12
128 Rennes 4 14
117 Rouen 3 16
118 Saint-Brieuc 3 15
Reference

Météo France. Climat en France.

France Sunshine
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