Weather in Nice France

When is the best time to visit Nice?  With a mild Mediterranean climate and over 300 sunny days a year (see climate chart below), anytime is a good time to come to Nice… but the best time is in the spring and the autumn, when the weather in Nice is warm and sunny but not overly hot.

Winters can be very seductive on the Cote as well; at the turn of the century Nice was only a winter resort, an escape from the bleak winters elsewhere in Europe, and only the nouvelle riche who didn’t know any better would come to Nice in the heat of the summer!

Winter in Monte Carlo

Winters on the Cote d’Azur are sunny and crisp, with no crowds, and a real village feel. The coldest it gets is in the 40’s (5-7c) and most winter days it gets up to the mid 50’s (13-15c).  Expect 6-7 days of rain a month during the winter, and  maybe a dusting of snow only once every couple of years (although in just 2 hours you can be schussing at an alpine ski resort!).

Really, the only month to avoid, ironically, is August, when temperatures are at their highest in the high 80’s (28-29c), and all of Europe goes on a month’s vacation, jamming the beaches, hotels and restaurants.

Reliability of Nice Weather Forecasts:  Because of Nice’s situation with the sea in front and the mountains close behind, it can be difficult to predict the weather, but my personal rule-of-thumb is that if the forecast is for sun, it will be sunny, and if the forecast is for anything else, there is a 50% chance that it will be… sunny!  In fact, Nice has around 300 days of sun a year.

Weather Charts:

Average Temperatures in Nice by month, with average rain and snow days

Celcius    J        F        M        A        M        J        J        A        S        O        N        D

Hi Temp   13     13      15        17        21       24       27      28       25       21       17       14

Low           5       6        8        10       14        18       20      21       17        14       10       6

Fahrenheit      F        M        A        M        J        J        A        S        O        N        D

Hi Temp   55     56      59        63       69      76       81       82      76       70      62       57

Low          42     43      46        50       57      63       68       69      63      57       49       43

Rain days  6      3       4         6          5        3         2         3        5        5         7          4

Snow days 0      0       0        0          0        0       0        0        0        0        0          0

Then click here for the current Nice 10-day forecast.

Webcam!  To actually see the beach, here’s an up-to-the-hour webcam view from the Prom. There are 8 webcams at various points along the seaside, so just click on the one closest to you and check out how crowded the beach is before you go!

Related pages: Nice by Month, Winter in Nice

Photo credits:  Nice travel poster and L’hiver a Nice poster available from Zazzle.com. Weather chart data from Wikipedia.fr

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