Average Sunshine in France for May





The tables below give May 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 May sunshine
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
287 Ajaccio (Corsica) 13 4
268 Bastia (Corsica) 11 5
201 Bourg-Saint-Maurice 4 8
215 Carcassonne 8 9
219 Grenoble 8 8
221 Lyon 8 8
293 Marseille 14 4
255 Montelimar
264 Montpellier 11 5
267 Nice 9 5
236 Perpignan 9 7
288 Toulon 13 5

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 May
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
194 Biarritz 5 10
217 Bordeaux 7 7
189 Tarbes
209 Toulouse 8 8

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 May sun
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
198 Clermont-Ferrand 6 9
212 Dijon 7 9
231 La Rochelle 7 6
205 Limoges 6 9
207 Orléans 6 9
194 Paris 5 9
207 Poitiers 6 8
206 Tours 7 9

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 May on average
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
207 Besançon 7 10
202 Colmar 6 10
194 Lille 6 11
202 Metz 5 9
199 Nancy 7 11
Reims 7 8
202 Strasbourg 6 10
215 Troyes 7 9

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 May
Hours Place Days of
Strong Sun
Days of
Weak Sun
194 Angers 5 10
180 Brest 5 11
194 Caen 4 11
200 Le Mans 5 9
205 Lorient 6 10
189 Nantes 4 10
191 Rennes 4 10
183 Rouen 4 11
179 Saint-Brieuc 4 12
Reference

Météo France. Climat en France.

France Sunshine
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