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October Rain- Paris, France

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1. Posted by kezin (Budding Member 107 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Would appreciate hearing from anyone: How much rain does Paris- generally- contend with during the first half of October? Are umbrellas everywhere, people scurrying for shelter, grabbing cabs, etc...? How windy and wet does it get, day by day. I have perused the official stats, would prefer first- hand experience. Thank You.
- Kevin in Vraincouver

2. Posted by Ulvova (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Well, although Paris does tend to be grey and sad weatherwise, it is far from being like it is in the UK :D I just popped in Paris yesterday to see my family for a few days and it is very hot (I am having the summer heat here that I didnt have in England during the summer months!) although it is October.
It is not usually very rainy but it is always a good advice to tell somebody to bring waterproof coats in Paris (just in case...). However, the weather has been so crazy all over the world lately that I would not be surprised if you had sun during your time here.

3. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kevin,
Although better than England, I would suggest you go prepared for rain or cold, as the northern European climate is changeable. Sustained periods of any kind of weather are rare, so it's best to be prepared.
It shouldn't matter though, Paris is fantastic in any weather.

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5656 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

October is the third wettest month in Paris with about 80 mm of rain in 18 rainy days. This is 4,5 mm a day or only 2,6 mm of rain if you add the dry days.
Just checked: if you go to Paris from 1-15 october you will likely have 7 days with some rain (could be showers, could be drizzle etc.). 15-20 degrees during the day.
Probably, you can be very lucky and avoid the few showers which fall at night half the time or so. It rarely rains a whole day.

5. Posted by Ulvova (Budding Member 39 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I'd just like to mention something... its all very nice to check the average of rain days and of rain mm but the last couple of years (it had started a little before that) has been completely the opposite of what it was supposed to be. The summer months are rainy and grey and the summer seems to come later or earlier or not at all, just take a coat and a few more items of clothing just in case and little tops TOO because its never what it says it will be and although rain is not nice when you are not ready, to not be ready for hot days is not nice either at all...

PS: it's been 22 C in the shade today, there was no sun but I was boiling in my light T-shirt...

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 1, 2007, at 2:06 PM by Ulvova ]

6. Posted by kezin (Budding Member 107 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the input. Just returned from paris. very agreeable weather; balmy, humid, some rain- but I welcomed it. The olive- green waters of the Seine were often dazzled with chance lashings of sunlight. After climbing the hills of Montmarte, Montparnasse, and Belleville, I was often soaked with sweat. Next visit will be in November! - Just a quick opinion re: Paris (not weather- related) : My visit to both the Louvre and the Musee D' Orsay was seriously challenged (in respect to my tolerance level) by the incredibly rampant use of digital and cellphone camera in evidence. I asked about this and was told by a young woman on staff at the Louvre that ' ...They tried to restrict them a number of times...mant have complained, etc....but there is nothing they can do to stop people from taking pictures...' For years and years we view images of a great work of art, and then when we are finally standing in front of the original work itself, what do we do? : duplicate an image! A rather interesting conundrum. If a hundred individuals were 'sketching' images of the Mona Lisa in the gallery at one time (instead of digitally recording images) would that be so different, really? Anyway, sorry if I sound self- righteous. There was a level of manic carnevalia present in the gallery itself which I find quite trying. One day free of cameras would be extremely welcome.

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