Climate

Climate information………

The PO is officially France’s sunniest department with well over 300 sunny days a year! The climate was the deciding factor in us deciding to live in this part of France, and on 49 days out of 50, you will see why!

  • The highest monthly average maximum temperature is 29 °C in July.
  • The lowest monthly average minimum temperature is 4 °C in January.
  • Perpignan’s climate receives an average of 639 mm  of rainfall per year, or 53 mm  per month.
  • The driest weather is normally in July with an average of 24 mm of rainfall (precipitation).
  • The wettest weather is normally in December with an average of 87 mm  of rainfall (precipitation).
  • The average annual relative humidity is 56.8% and average monthly relative humidity ranges from 47% in July to 64% in December.
  • Average sunlight hours range between 4.3 hours per day in December and 10.1 hours per day in July.
  • There are an average of 2560 hours of sunlight per year with an average of 7.0 hours of sunlight per day.
  • For current weather conditions click here.

Climate Graph* 


*The major and often only source of historical, local area weather data is for airports and  the Pyrénées-Orientales is no exception. Perpignan Airport is the nearest to Mas Guardiole and is 33km (or just over 20miles) away as the crow flies. It is 450metres lower than us, however, and on the coastal plain whereas Montbolo nestles on the south facing foothills of the Canigou Massive. Consequently we are normally around 2°C lower in temperature but are protected from the prevailing winds. Furthermore, being more than twice as far from the coast as Perpignan, rainfall here is often lower. In fact, this is one area where the weather statistics are particularly misleading in as much as the monthly averages over the years give the impression of regular rainfall. In fact rainfall here is best described as “short and sharp”: we tend to go weeks or sometimes months at a time without any and then get a real soaking over a day or two. Ongoing showers or persistent rain is rare but not unknown (remembering spring of 2011!). We very rarely have to contend with fog either, although now-and-again you will find that you have to come up through the clouds to see us! (Have a look at our “Weather” pictures on the “Photos” pages.)

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