Sunday, June 2, 2013

Is the weather in Paris always nasty in May?

I traveled to Paris last week and the weather was horrible. London is notorious for its wet and gloomy weather but the weather in Paris was worse last week.

Late May is supposed to be warm and pleasant in much part of the US and East Asia; however, this may not be the case in Western Europe.

The weather in Paris fluctuates so much within a day - raining in the early morning → cloudy in the morning → sunny at noon → raining in the afternoon → cloudy and windy in the evening → raining at night again. When it's sunny, it was like a nice summer day but when it's raining, it almost felt like the winter.

My questions are:
1. Does the weather usually fluctuate a lot within a day in Paris?
2. Is the weather in Paris as nasty as it is in London?
3. When is the best time to travel to Paris? What months?

You were unlucky. The weather this year has been dreadful and this spring has been the coldest and wettest in years both in France and the UK.
1) Paris is prone to sudden showers, and the weather does fluctuate in early spring.
This year the weather in May was more like it is in very early April.
2)Usually the weather in Paris is more pleasant than in London, and London has been so cold this year that the central heating kicks in now and it is June. It can be extremely extremely hot in Paris in July and August but this year the weather is predicted to be colder and much wetter than usual. 
3) Normally May and June are very pleasant.

The recent poor weather is due to climate change. The Gulf Stream which warms the west coast of Europe is not following the same pattern as it normally does as a result of which the weather is much worse than we normally experience and if this trend continues we shall have a similar climate in Europe to that of Canada.