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Weather and climate

If the Alsatian climate doesn't have a particularly good reputation, this is chiefly due to the region's harsh winters. However, the presence of winegrowing here clearly demonstrates the high levels of sunshine to be enjoyed in Alsace during the summer.

Sheltered by the Vosges, Alsace also has lower rainfall levels than the neighbouring regions. Additionally, Colmar has an extremely dry microclimate all its own, and is the second driest town in France with just 550 mm of rainfall per year! The Alsatian climate is semi-continental, with major variations according to the time of year.

Autumn (September 21 to December 21)

Alsace frequently enjoys an extremely pleasant Indian summer, which is simply perfect for anyone keen to discover the region. The sheer charm of the golden hues of the Alsatian vineyards and forests, makes a stroll there irresistible, providing visitors with an opportunity to admire nature and to watch the harvests. The mists which appear on the plains and in the damp valleys create a fascinating atmosphere

Average in Strasbourg

September

October

November

Temperatures (°C)

14,7

9,7

4,7

Rainfall (mm)

60,3

49,8

46,9

Winter (December 21 to March 21)

Winters are cold in Alsace, with abundant snowfall on the Vosges range, much to the delight of skiers. Out on the Alsatian plains, snow is less frequent than in the mountains, and the mist and fog tend to hang around longer. Frost is also commonplace on the plains, with approximately 80 days of frost per year.

Average in Strasbourg

December

January

February

Temperatures (°C)

1,4

0

1,9

Rainfall (mm)

39,2

34,7

31,8

Spring (March 21 to June 21)

Although sometimes highly changeable, spring is generally mild and bright in Alsace with a few showers and cold spells. The snow-covered peaks of the Vosges contrast with the greenery of the meadows. During May, nature really comes into bloom, brightening up the countryside and announcing the arrival of summer.

Average in Strasbourg

March

April

May

Temperatures (°C)

5,2

9,5

14

Rainfall (mm)

36,7

46,1

65,5

Summer (June 21 to September 21)

The summers are hot and dry here. Alsace is an extremely pleasant region to visit from June onwards. Out on the plain, temperatures frequently reach 30 or 35°C. Fortunately, the cooler and higher altitudes of the Vosges provide some relief from the heat. During this time of year, the levels of sunshine are comparable to those seen in the towns of southern France.

Average in Strasbourg

June

July

August

Temperatures (°C)

17,2

18,8

18,1

Rainfall (mm)

72,8

75,2

70,4

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