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Best time to visit Lyon, France

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The best time to visit Lyon is May-July

Are you looking for top-secret information about when to visit Lyon? Look no further! May-July is the best time to go to Lyon due to the excellent all-round climate conditions, and it’s not likely to be at its busiest as it’s not during the height of the peak travel season.

In summer, the average maximum temperature is around 26℃ (78℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 28℃ (83℉) on the hottest days of the year. The average low temperatures in winter float around 0℃ (33℉), while the coldest it gets down to is about -3℃ (26℉).

If you’re a sun-chaser and want to visit Lyon when the days are longest, you should visit in August. November sees the most amount of rain in a month if you’re ok with chancing getting drenched, so if you’re looking to stay dry, visit in September instead.

Keep reading to learn more about the best times to go to Lyon, including detailed weather information and tools to help you find and book great deals on your travel.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

September

Most daylight

August

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Lyon seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Lyon as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Lyon is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

Season Months
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Lyon

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Lyon for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Lyon climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Lyon for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Lyon in January

  • Average temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average high temperature: 5℃ (42℉)
  • Average low temperature: 0℃ (33℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 53mm (2") over 18 days
  • Average snow days: 6 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lyon in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Lyon in February

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (38℉)
  • Average high temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average low temperature: 0℃ (33℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 45mm (2") over 14 days
  • Average snow days: 6 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lyon in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Lyon in March

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 51mm (2") over 16 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lyon in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Lyon in April

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 57mm (2") over 17 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lyon in April, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Lyon in May

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 79%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 75mm (3") over 20 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lyon in May, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Lyon in June

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (54℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 8 days
  • Average rainfall: 71mm (3") over 18 days
8 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lyon in June, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Lyon in July

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 61mm (2") over 18 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lyon in July, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Lyon in August

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 67mm (3") over 13 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lyon in August, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Lyon in September

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (71℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 41mm (2") over 12 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lyon in September, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.

Lyon in October

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 63mm (2") over 13 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lyon in October, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Lyon in November

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (51℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 83mm (3") over 16 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lyon in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Lyon in December

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average high temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 68mm (3") over 16 days
  • Average snow days: 4 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Lyon in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Lyon is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 26℃ (78℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Lyon is generally around September. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in September first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Lyon is generally around November, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of November too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Lyon, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in August are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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