Sunny climate of Charente-Maritime, France
Posted 17 January 2012 - 21:20
Posted 17 January 2012 - 21:39
Not sure where you got La Rochelle sunshine figures from but they do not look right, actual figures from meteo-france show the sunshine hours to be alot less and more closer to Bordeaux. Bordeaux is much wetter though
Posted 18 January 2012 - 07:51
Posted 18 January 2012 - 08:49
Actually, the more you go to the South, the more you have sunshine. This is true, from Brittany down to the Charente-Maritime, but, after the Gironde coast, as you head to the Pyrenees, you get less sun. In fact, if there weren't the Pyrenees and the Iberian Peninsula, you would continued to get more sun by going further south.
I hope this answers the question.
Posted 18 January 2012 - 09:01
Posted 20 January 2012 - 00:08
Another book called "Weather to Travel", "presented" by Maria Harding (Tomorrow's Guides, 2001)shows average daily sunshine varying from 5 hours from November to February to 11 hours in July and 10 in June and August. From June to September, it is "hot but comfortable" and in all other months "comfortable". Average daily maxima and minima for each month in deg. C. at Nice are; JAN 13/5; FEB 13/6; MAR 15/7; APRIL 17/10; MAY 20/13; JUNE 23/16; JULY 26/19; AUG 27/19; SEP 24/17; OCT 20/13; NOV 16/9; DEC 14/6. It is basically as if the average temperatures of the warmest examples of each month at the warmest places in Southern England were on average occuring or being exceeded, but with even more sunshine. Rainfall is as follows; JAN 83 FEB 76 MAR 71 APR 62 MAY 49 JUNE 37 JULY 16 AUG 31 SEP 54 OCT 108 NOV 104 DEC 78; overall somewhat wetter than the drier parts of Southern England, though drier in high summer and wetter in autumn and winter. It seems like a very pleasant climate with abundant sunshine, rain throughout the year, and no excessively high or low temperatures, but reliably warm from spring through to autumn.
I do not work for the French Tourist Board by the way!
Posted 20 January 2012 - 00:32
North coast of Spain isnt all that sunny (or that warm either!) caused by sea fog, so id assume the area south of Bordeaux is liable to that too.
Went with the parents on a family holiday to the La Rochelle area, and FWIW it was hot and sunny all the time (Although admittedly it was summer 1995 when it was hot and sunny all the time in England too )