The weather in Paris and the surrounding Île-de-France region is the result of a temperate climate, which translates into cold, but not freezing, winters and warm pleasant summers.

Though the capital claims France's lowest rate of annual rainfall, showers are nonetheless a consistent feature of life in Paris. Expats will quickly learn not to leave home without an umbrella. Thunderstorms tend to be short and sweet, and the sun usually pushes the clouds away in no time.

August is the hottest month in Paris, and January the coldest. Summer temperatures average around 68°F (20°C), although August temperatures can rise to 95°F (35°C). Winter temperatures average around 41°F (5°C). Many Parisians leave the city in August, when the weather is warm and muggy.