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General information on France
France has four distinct climatic zones.
Local 7-day forecasts can be found at www.meteo.fr/meteonet and are updated three times a day. As the day approaches, you get a more detailed report.
- Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters in the South of France;
- Intermediate climate with hot summers and cold winters in the North, also including Paris and central regions;
- Semi-continental climate with hot summers and harsh winters in the mountainous massifs (Massif Central, Pyrenees, Alps), Alsace, Lorraine, and the Rhone corridor;
- Oceanic, humid climate with cool summers to the west of a line from Bayonne to Lille.
Summer Time, Winter Time
Summer Time, where the French time changes from GMT +1 to GMT +2, starts the last Sunday in March at 02:00. Summer Time ends on the last Sunday in October at 03:00, when the time goes from GMT +2 back to GMT +1.
On these public holidays, most stores, businesses, government offices, and banks are closed. Most of the museums and monuments, as well as restaurants, remain open.