November '08 or March '09

Old Jan 7th, 2008, 05:16 AM
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November '08 or March '09

I know that weather has become even more difficult to predict than usual, but given the choice to spend a week in Paris, weatherwise would you choose early November 2008 or late March 2009? Those are the only two times that we can go.
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Old Jan 7th, 2008, 05:21 AM
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Well, as the song says:

I love Paris in the springtime.
I love Paris in the fall.
I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles,
I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles.

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Old Jan 7th, 2008, 05:29 AM
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Oh boy... a couple of factors:

I would take the first opportunity, I had, I think. But I've been known to plan more than a year out.

November will be a little more grey, with days that are getting shorter instead of longer. Late March will have days that are getting longer, and spring in Paris is just so great.

November might be less crowded, because spring vacations bring a lot of school groups to Paris.

I just don't know. I tend to favor spring myself, but don't put off the trip if you don't have to. Go!
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Old Jan 7th, 2008, 05:43 AM
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There's nothing reliably in it as far as weather's concerned. Weather this close to the coast, at this latitude, has never been predictable - at least not since the end of the Ice Age - and whatever the historical averages might say, there's just no such thing as an average March day.

Easter's in mid-April next year, so Easter holidays are a non-issue too. It comes down to whether you prefer spring and the extra hour or so in the days (the Paris microclimate means spring will be well established by the end of March) or crunchy autumn leaves in the parks.
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I was there in Nov of 2005, and it drizzled one day, and was quite warm during the day (probably in the high 50sF) I've also been in December (slight drizzle every day, probabyl in the 40sF) and in Januay/Feb (in the 30sF). If I had to choose, I'd try March, but would not regret if Nov was chosen.

My research shows, on average, higher avg temp (by a little)in Nov, more daylight hours in March, less precipitation in March,

Another factor...are there any events that might sway you towards one over the other?
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Old Jan 8th, 2008, 08:58 AM
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Thanks y'all for your thoughts on the weather. Decision has been made. Life's too short - we're going in November. Why wait until March?
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We went to Paris in November 05 and had a lovely time. It was on the cool side a few times, but nothing that a jacket and sweater or turtleneck couldn't handle. During the days it actually got quite warm when the sun came out. The evenings could get chilly but its the perfect opportunity to sit at a cafe with a cup of wonderfuly thick hot chocolate. But the best thing, by far, was the lack of tourists and crowds.

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