The Poitou-Charentes region, located in the south west of France is renowned for having one of the most pleasant climates in France along with the French Riviera. Winters are really mild and thanks to the oceanic climate, summers are hot but not muggy!
Poitou-Charentes is lined along its western side by the Atlantic Ocean. As a result Poitou-Charentes soaks in the sweetness of the ocean climate which creates a micro-climate on the littoral.
Poitou-charentes benefits from 2,400 sunshine hours a year and is the hottest and sunniest place of the whole Atlantic coast. However, there is a difference between the littoral with its warm and gentle weather and the hinterland of Poitou-Charentes where the climate is more continental, so either dryer or damper than on the coasts.
The Poitou-Charentes region of France is a verdant one, which gets just enough rainfall which, blended to the long hours of sunshine, enable the successful agriculture as well as the wine and liqueur production like the famous Cognac wines and liquors.
As you notice in the average temperatures table below, the temperature is mild during winter months. There are also cooler spring and autumn months whilst summer is pleasantly warm.
Climate Type Oceanic. Average Temperature Summer: 20.4°c, Winter: 5.6°c. Average sunshine 2,400 hours per year (Poitiers). Average rainfall Summer: 47.1mm, Winter: 67.4mm. Equivalent to 850 mm per year (Poitiers).
Poitou-Charentes Weather Statistics
Month Average Temperature Precipitation (mm) Average Wind (Miles/hour) Cloud Covering (in %) January 10.0° 67.4 0.1 0.1 February 8.7° 59.6 0.1 0.1 March 11.7° 56.4 0.1 0.1 April 18.2° 53.3 0.1 0.1 May 16.4° 73.2 0.1 0.1 June 22.4° 48.9 0.1 0.1 July 25.3° 47.1 0.1 0.1 August 24.6° 49.5 0.1 0.1 September 22.0° 51.6 0.1 0.1 October 18.4° 60.2 0.1 0.1 November 14.0° 74.3 0.1 0.1 December 9.8° 67.1 0.1 0.1