Climate of Nice
beach in Nice (April 27,2008)
referring to climate tables, one should be aware that the official Nice temperatures
are recorded at the airport, which is a climatically different place than the
rest of the town, being more vulnerable to marine air and winds from the Var valley.
Airport temperatures are therefore different from town ones : daytime airport
temperatures are slightly higher, while nighttime temperatures are significantly
lower. For example, on the 24th of January 2007, a minimum of 0.9°C was recorded
at the airport while the temperature didn't go below 6°C in the city itself. The
following statistics and descriptions use official temperatures.
has a Mediterranean climate : the city enjoys mild temperatures most of the
year; rainfall is very moderate and mainly concentrated in the darkest part of
the year (September to March).
starting in December, are cool to mild with daytime temperature generally remaining
between 10°C and 17°C and colder overnight lows. However, the temperature rarely
reaches freezing point, which occur only once or twice a year. During winter,
overcast skies are common and sporadic rain falls.
winter ends in March, weather becomes more unstable and unpredictable : warm,
sunny days (26°C the 2nd of March 2007) can be followed by sudden hailstorms and
cold fronts (7°C the 1st of April 2007).
generally, the weather becomes increasingly sunny as summer approaches.
Summers start quite late because of a notable season lag. Drought starts in July,
and really hot temperatures become common in August, which is the warmest month
with daytime highs frequently reaching 35Â°C. Summer heat is however often moderated
by a cool and pleasant sea breeze.
Autumn, starting in late September,
is generally warm until mid-November, and rainy (especially October with an average
rainfall of 140mm).
is a windy city, especially in spring.
is so rare that it is remembered by inhabitants as special events.
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