Weather - Northern Auvergne, France
On this page you'll find information about the climate or average weather conditions that can be expected in the Puy de Dome region of Auvergne in France for our guided walking holidays.
Our guided walking holiday in the Puy de Dome region of northern Auvergne takes place in late spring or early autumn depending on our walking program. Up until mid May the highest ridges and summits are covered in winter snow.
France has a temperate climate (although there are wide temperature differences between summer and winter) and is largely influenced by Atlantic weather systems. Southern France benefits from a warm Mediterranean climate whilst eastern France is partially influenced by a continental air mass.
The Auvergne is at the junction between these different air masses and their respective influence depends on the prevailing wind directions. The western slopes of the mountains and summits receive more rainfall than the eastern slopes and valleys.
The weather in the northern Auvergne is influenced to a large extent by its altitude. The volcanoes lie on top of a granite plateau which is at an altitude of about 900m. This makes for a wetter climate than you would otherwise get for its location. The summits receive additional rain compared to the valleys, often in the form of snow in the winter and storms in the summer. The region has on average 12 rainy days per month in May falling to 8 from June through into October.
Temperatures vary with altitude and with exposure to wind. Villages tend to be located in valleys, which are protected from the winds and benefit from a micro climate. The more exposed plateaux of the Northern Auvergne are exposed to winds during poor weather. There will be a difference between the average temperatures listed below and those experienced whilst walking on the summits which will also be influenced by wind conditions. Those below relate to an average location on the Puy de Dome plateau. Temperatures are as follows: 17°C in May, 20°C in June and September, 23°C in July and August. On average temperatures on the summits would be about 4 - 5°C cooler.
The Puy de Dome is less sunny than the Cantal region in the southern Auvergne. Sunshine levels are still much higher than regions further north or the UK. Average sunshine totals for your walking holiday are 7 hours per day in May and June, rising to 9 hours in July and August. September is similar to May but October is much less sunny. The sun's strength means that you must protect yourself against the sun even on overcast days.
In summary, a walking holiday in the Puy de Dome in the northern Auvergne in central France will have relatively warm and sunny weather from mid/late May to October compared to mountainous areas in the UK. July and August are the warmest and driest months. Even the valleys are at high altitudes and are therefore not too hot in midsummer. June and September are ideal months, with June being slightly sunnier than September but also slightly wetter on average.
Walking holidays in the north of Auvergne in late spring benefit from a vibrant, lush green landscape which shows off the volcanic mountains to their best.
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