Paris drizzle

Weather-wise we were ready for the worst. Everybody had warned us that weather in Paris is awful: cold, rainy and grey (“just as bad as London’s,” a friend told me). But, after five months in this city, I can say that I don’t find Paris weather bad at all.

Or maybe I’ve just been lucky.

According to metereologist Guillame Sechet, Autumn 2011 has been not only the second warmest autumn in more than a hundred years (+2,2 °C above the seasonal average), but also one of the driest. This for us has meant being able to walk to school every day with our trottinettes (scooters) and enjoying a play (kids) and a chat (me) at the Park Monceau before heading back home. I found autumn in Paris rather beautiful.

ginko biloba and blue sky

A ginko biloba and blue sky - my first autumn in Paris

Sechet predicts that also the current winter will be on record as one of the warmest in history. It’ too early to tell yet, but so far the season has been treating us exceptionally well with mild temperatures and very little rain (the thermometer fell below 1°C only on one day). And, by the way, it’s 10°C today.

pink blossoms in winter

Blossoming trees can be seen all over Paris this winter.

In spite of all these exceptions one thing remains true to the cliché – Paris winter is indeed a drizzly affair. A light, almost imperceptible mix of rain and moist lasts all day and eventually soaks the city. The Cole Porter song goes, “I love Paris in the winter, when it drizzles”. I start wondering if we will sizzle this summer.