When I was planning one of our trips to Europe, I found myself googling terms:
- “What is Paris like in February?”
- “How cold is Paris in February?”
- “is Paris miserable in February?”
Even though I found some TripAdvisor forums telling me we might freeze to death, we still went to Paris in February. Here’s what it’s REALLY like.
Average temperatures in Paris are between 4°C to 6°C, which is loosely around 39°F to 43°F. Yeah, that’s cold. And, yes, it was cold in Paris.
Here’s the big kicker, though. We are from Utah, where average winter temperatures are pretty similar, so we’re pretty well-versed in winter weather. If you’re from a really warm area, the weather in Paris might come as a shock. For us, it wasn’t that bad.
Paris was fairly rainy for a lot of our trip, and they can also see some snowfall (that rarely sticks for long) so you want to pack footwear that can get you through puddles and slush.
I packed a super-compressible, super-warm jacket from Patagonia, as well as more-expensive-than-I’m-used-to gloves, and a few cute knit hats. I also packed extra socks in case my feet got wet (and should have packed even more), and I was toasty the entire time.
In the end, would we visit again? Absolutely. There were some huge perks to visiting in February, including:
- Hotel prices were cheaper
- Tourist destinations were less crowded. We had a lot of places almost to ourselves!
- The rainy/cold streets fit in well with the architecture and we were “inspired” by our surroundings
- Airfare is cheaper
- Paris is a great springboard to the rest of Europe- by train, plane, or automobile
So, if you see some super cheap flights on sale for the upcoming winter months, it might be worth visiting! Paris is beautiful, any time of year.