|A temperate climate
in the north, northeastern areas have a more continental climate
with warm summers and cold winters.
Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with some snow likely
during the winter. The Jura Mountains have an alpine
climate. Lorraine, sheltered by bordering hills,
has a relatively mild climate.
Mediterranean climate in the south and the mountains
are cooler with heavy snow in winter.
The Atlantic influences the climate of the western coastal areas
from the Loire to the Basque region
where the weather is temperate and relatively mild with rainfall
distributed throughout the year. Summers can be very hot and sunny.
Inland areas are also mild and the French slopes of the Pyrénées
are reputed for their sunshine record. Mediterranean climate exists
on the Riviera, and in Provence and Roussillon.
The weather in the French Alps is variable. Continental
weather is present in Auvergne, Burgundy
and the Rhône Valley. Very strong winds,
such as the mistral, can occur throughout the entire region.
European according to season, with light to mediumweights worn in
warmer months and medium to heavyweights during the winter.
Rainwear is advisable throughout the year.