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Will it still be cold/wet in Normandy in early May?

Will it still be cold/wet in Normandy in early May?

Oct 3rd, 2002, 05:40 PM
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Will it still be cold/wet in Normandy in early May?

I'm trying to plan a trip to Normandy and would like to go in early May. If the weather is usually still unsettled at that time of year, I could perhaps put the trip off until around May 20th, if that would increase chances of good weather. Any insights will be appreciated.
Oct 3rd, 2002, 06:53 PM
sherrye willis
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we were in normandy the end of may this year, and it was cool and wet.
i took a lightweight coat, 3/4 length with a hood, my husband a nylon parka, plus umbrellas. it was windy and pretty chilly on the beaches, and rainy at mont st. michel.
we anticipated that kind of weather and were prepared.
we were just glad to be there --- whatever the weather.
i'd suggest similar gear --- i think it's easier to take off the coat, than to need one and be without.
have a great trip.
sherrye willis
Oct 3rd, 2002, 09:24 PM
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It was cold and wet in June 1944, be prepared for any weather.
Oct 3rd, 2002, 10:12 PM
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It could be cold, cool, wet, dry, or warm. Normandy is on the channel so obviously the weather can be very changeable. 10 or 20 days will not make enough difference to matter one way or the other.
Oct 3rd, 2002, 10:14 PM
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I was in Normandy in early May this year. I thought the weather was great! I spent five days there, (the 2nd thru the 7th) and was rained on once, (late evening). I had a light jacket with me, but shed it as afternoon came around. I was quite comfortable. I hope you enjoy Normandy. Five days was not enough! If you would like to know of a great B&B, email me.
Oct 4th, 2002, 05:47 AM
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I was in (Haute) Normandie (near Vernon/Giverny), May 5-26 in 1999. I think it rained about 5 days in 21. It was mostly very nice weather, moderate as far as temperature extremes at either end. Never wore more than a light jacket; never much above upper 70's (degrees Fahrenheit).

At the risk of stating the obvious, the later you travel in May, the more you face those gloriously lengthening hours of sunlight.

Best wishes,

Oct 4th, 2002, 06:20 AM
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I visited the beaches at the first of June 2000 and it was a steady rain with a bit of a chill in the day for the entire day, only to clear up in the early evening. Just be prepared for any type of weather.
Oct 4th, 2002, 06:28 AM
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Martha, We were there late July and early August. It rained a little bit almost every day. And that's not unusual. Normandy is known for being quite variable. Thus I agree with Janis--ten days isn't going to make a measurabale difference in your chances of a dry,warm week (and very little difference in amount of daylight).

Just have some layers and some raingear, and I'm sure you'll be fine.
Oct 4th, 2002, 01:02 PM
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Oct 5th, 2002, 10:01 AM
Robyn France
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If u are visiting the invasion sites on the Normandy beaches, the weather there is very different from other areas of Normandy. The weather is likely to be cold, windy and rainy and u will definitely need a parka and wind shield. Other parts of Normandy should be quite pleasant with occasional rain.


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