Listed below are the average seasonal temperatures for the regions and cities where the various partner schools are located:
Without a doubt the best climate in France. Sheltered by the Alps, the Côte d'Azur is the most protected region of the Mediterranean coast. Freezing days are practically non-existent as are unbearably hot ones with temperatures rarely going above 30°C. The winds are generally light, as are the number of rainy days (63 per year on average). Snow is rare on the coast.
Paris and its outlying regions lie in a tempered ocean climate. Precipitation is frequent though generally light and, on average, temperatures are moderate. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 4.7 °C while July and August are the hottest months with an average temperature of 20 °C. On average, there are 25 freezing days per year and the temperature climbs above 25 °C 43 days per year.
There is no such thing as climatic homogeneity in the Loire Valley. Like many of France's regions, here, you'll find great diversity of weather patterns. The city of Saint-Étienne, an agglomeration with a rich industrial heritage, is situated in the intersection the Ordaine and the Gier valleys. Urbanized and inhabited up to an elevation of 700 meters, the winters there are quite often harsh and snow-filled.
The climate of Indre-et-Loire is a tempered oceanic one, characterized by moderate temperatures (around 11° in the year) and a regular distribution of rainfall (650 to 700 mm per year).
Winters here are cold (3 degrees colder than in the Parisian suburbs), but most of all, they are extremely grey and foggy. By contrast, a July or August afternoon in Strasbourg is practically the hottest you'll find in the entire northern half of the country.
Summers are very hot and followed by an abundantly rainy fall. Snow is rare except at altitudes of over 600 meters.
The Mediterranean climate is marked by the gentleness of the seasons. All the same, one must be careful of the extremes:
In summer, temperatures can reach 44°C in the shade while in the middle of winter the thermometer has been known to reach -29°C!
The weather of Charente-Maritime is essentially an oceanic climate: there is elevated rainfall in the fall and winter and the winters are mild and the sunshine is strongest on the Atlantic coast.
The weather is Mediterranean, hot in the summer, sunny and cool in the winter, and mild in between. Temperatures have been known to be negative in winter and extremely hot in the summer (> 40°C).
Mediterranean weather: Summers are hot and dry with an average temperature of 30°C. Winter temperatures are relatively cold, around 5°C. The Mistral winds blow around 120 days a year in the Rhone valley, a clean and dry wind that allows the sun to shine up to 2800 hours a year!