The size of France and the large geographical differences ensure that there are various climates.
The western half has a maritime climate that is comparable with the climate in the Netherlands.
Along the Atlantic coast the summers are not too hot and the winters mild.
The average temperatures gradually rise in the south and inland. The sun shows itself frequently, but the weather is not stable; precipitation and strong winds occur throughout the year.
The eastern half has more a continental climate. This gives snow, especially in winter.
The southeast has a Mediterranean climate. Summers are hot and sunny with occasional thunderstorms. The winters are soft and wet.
In the southeast, the mistral that blows southward through the Rhône valley and along the coasts of Provence regularly blows. This wind usually blows for a day or four in a row. The mistral is a cold wind (pleasantly refreshing in the summer but frosty in the other months) and creates beautiful blue skies