Paris Travel Guide

Geography

Paris is located in northern central France. By road it is south-east of London, south of Calais, south-west of Brussels, north of Marseilles, north-east of Nantes, and south-east of Rouen. Paris is located in the north-bending arc of the river Seine, spread widely on both banks of the river, and includes two inhabited islands, the Île Saint-Louis and the larger Île de la Cité, which forms the oldest part of the city. The river’s mouth on the English Channel (La Manche) is about downstream of the city. Overall, the city is relatively flat, and the lowest point is above sea level. Paris has several prominent hills, of which the highest is Montmartre at . Montmartre gained its name from the martyrdom of Saint Denis, first bishop of Paris atop the "Mons Martyrum" (Martyr's mound) in 250.

Excluding the outlying parks of Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes, Paris occupies an oval measuring about in area, enclosed by the ring road, the Boulevard Périphérique. The city's last major annexation of outlying territories in 1860 not only gave it its modern form but also created the twenty clockwise-spiralling arrondissements (municipal boroughs). From the 1860 area of, the city limits were expanded marginally to in the 1920s. In 1929, the Bois de Boulogne and Bois de Vincennes forest parks were officially annexed to the city, bringing its area to about . The metropolitan area of the city is .

Climate

Paris has a typical Western European oceanic climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfb ) which is affected by the North Atlantic Current. The overall climate throughout the year is mild and moderately wet.

Summer days are usually moderately warm and pleasant with average temperatures hovering between, and a fair amount of sunshine. Each year, however, there are a few days where the temperature rises above . Some years have even witnessed some long periods of harsh summer weather, such as the heat wave of 2003 where temperatures exceeded for weeks, surged up to on some days and seldom cooled down at night.

More recently, the average temperature for July 2011 was, with an average minimum temperature of and an average maximum temperature of .

Spring and autumn have, on average, mild days and fresh nights, but are changing and unstable. Surprisingly warm or cool weather occurs frequently in both seasons. In winter, sunshine is scarce; days are cold but generally above freezing with temperatures around . Light night frosts are however quite common, but the temperature will dip below for only a few days a year. Snowfall is uncommon, but the city sometimes sees light snow or flurries with or without accumulation.

Rain falls throughout the year. Average annual precipitation is with light rainfall fairly distributed throughout the year. The highest recorded temperature is on July 28, 1948, and the lowest is a on December 10, 1879.

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