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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.

Required clothing

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.