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The Provence climate – when to go

April 25, 2012 by  
Filed under Provence

Good weather is an essential ingredient of any holiday. Extreme heat can make sightseeing unbearable, while frigid temperatures can make getting around unpleasant. Unless you are taking a winter sports holiday, it is usually preferable to pack summer clothes and sun block, rather than snow boots and gloves.

If you intend spending some time in Provence this year, you will be happy to know that, for the most part, the area experiences what is referred to as a typically Mediterranean climate.

Provence is renowned for its beautiful scenery, ranging from the Alps to the Rhone Valley; however, together these two natural features can make for some rather mixed weather patterns. Provence is located on the northern Mediterranean coast, which definitely works in its favour when it comes to climate.

The coastal areas, stretching from Var to the border with Italy, which is referred to as the French Riviera, are protected from sneaky weather fronts by the mountains. It is for this reason that the French Riviera benefits from a more pleasant climate than the rest of the region. Other areas, such as Menton to the Italian border, experience the mildest winters of any part of France, due to the high mountains that extend all the way down to the sea.

The southeastern part of France is known to be exceptionally dry, especially when compared to the rest of the country. It is even drier in the Marseilles, Bouches du Rhone, Avignon and Aix en Provence areas. Taken as a whole, Provence has more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

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