Temperatures tend to average around 30°C (86°F) during the summer and fall to an average of 15°C (59°F) during winter. The infamous Mistral wind can have a great effect on the temperatures, particularly in the western part of Provence.
July and August are simmering hot with little to no rainfall. Temperatures tend to climb into the thirties (Celsius) during the day, when a siesta becomes a necessity rather than a luxury. At night it cools off considerably, especially on the coast, near a lake or in the mountains. In general, the farther away from the coast the more oppressive the heat becomes during the day. In the Vaucluse, for example, August can be a challenge.
The months before and after the high season are the most pleasant, May, June, September, October. The air is crisp, the temperatures in the twenties (Celsius). October is the most uncertain month of the four, but of course it can also be a splendid month with warm, sunny days and practically no rain. With the colder temperatures comes the chimneys emitting smoke from fireplaces. Locals brace themselves for the upcoming electricity bills that will reflect their usage of electric radiators. But this bleak weather is not a constant: there are many days in winter when the sun is inviting enough to have a lunch outdoors. February, in particular, can delight with balmy days.
- January 15º C - Cloudy - Low Season
- February 15º C - Cloudy - Low Season
- March 17º C - Wet - Low Season
- April 19º C - Cloudy - Mid Season
- May 22º C - Sun - Mid Season
- June 27º C - Sun - High Season
- July 27º C - Sun - High Season
- August 27º C - Sun - High Season
- September 25º C - Showers/Sun - Mid Season
- October 25º C - Showers/Sun - Mid Season
- November 16º C - Wet/Cold - Low Season
- December 16º C - Wet/Cold - Low Season