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 Seasons In Gascony

cLIMATE & GEOGRAPHY...

Seasons in Gascony

Warm and dry summers from June to September…

 

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Climate

 

Gascony is a wonderful place to visit at any time of the year. We have a generally mild climate throughout the whole year, and particularly warm and dry summer months from June to September.  Climate change is having worrying effects on the weather everywhere but in Gascony, we seem to be moving towards longer summers and a later and better spring skiing season.

This Gascon climate, with its long growing season and warm summers, plus the fertile soil and winter rain, have ensured that Gascony has remained predominantly agricultural, with no large towns or industrial areas and hence no significant pollution. And this generous climate and geography also made Gascony rich in the pre-industrial period, as witnessed by its fine mediaeval domestic, civic, and church architecture.

Average daily temperatures in July and August are in the range 25°C to 30°C, and sometimes above 35°C – hot enough to require sunhats, siestas, and ice-cold beer!  Spring and Autumn in Gascony are also very appealing, especially for activity-based holidays such as walking, riding, and cycling.  In these seasons we have cooler temperatures, ranging from 15° to 25°C, but the weather is still very pleasant. 

There is typically some rainfall in every month of the year; July and August can present sudden epic thunderstorms with rain of flooding strength, violent winds and dramatic lightening.

In the winter however temperatures may occasionally fall well below zero with snow falling about once every 10 years. Mostly, winters are much shorter than in Britain, starting in mid to late December, and ending with the swift arrival of Spring in early March.

Although December, January and February are the only properly cold months, snow rarely settles for long. But on a clear day, look South and you will see the Pyrenees mountains covered with deep snow, just two hours away and providing wonderful uncrowded, and inexpensive skiing. The best months for skiing are January, February and March.

 

 

Seasons

Summer

June, July, August, and September. This is the best time to visit from a tourism point of view, as the days are usually clear and rainless, and hardly ever muggy. July and August are the traditional ‘high season’ months, but June and September are often wonderful.  In July and August, there are very many festivals and village parties, markets are bigger and everyone is on holiday. All our properties are available in Summer.


Spring

March, April, and May. Spring comes early and quickly in Gascony, with wildflowers appearing everywhere. Gascony is quieter but still full of charm and there is lots to do. This is an ideal time for activity-based holidays.

 

Autumn

October and November. Often described as the ‘Gascony Summer’, a reference to the idea of the ‘Indian Summer’, most pools stay open at least until the end of October. This the time of the grape harvest and many local festivals. 

 

Winter

December, January, February. Many of our properties are available to rent during the Winter/Spring months, with wood fires and central heating. Christmas/New Year are great fun here and for January, February and March staying in Gascony gives you access to superb skiing in the Pyrenees. Ask us for more details…you have the extra option of some great skiing in the Pyrenees.


Geography

Gascony extends from the Pyrenees mountains in the South to the River Garonne in the North, and from the Atlantic coast to the West as far as, but not including the City of Toulouse to the East. This wide area is shown on the map under the heading 'Where is Gascony'. To the East of Toulouse, both the Montagne Noire and the Mediterranean Sea also affect the climate of Gascony.

This geography, the mountains, the rivers, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean all influence our climate. These different forces have varying effects on the Seasons, and local micro-climates, depending exactly where you are in Gascony. The competing influences of the weather from the Atlantic and the Mediterranean contribute to the character of the highly regarded 'country wines' of Gascony, made here since Roman times. Generally, the weather is sufficiently kind and the daylight hours long enough, for the farmers always to have time to do what they have to do without appearing to be under pressure.

Auch, the capital of ancient Gascony and now of the modern Département of 'Le Gers', is on approximately the same latitude as Nice and Cannes in the middle of the French Riviera (Cote d'Azur) in the Southeast of France. Auch is also conveniently located roughly in the centre of Le Gers. Auch is about 900 kilometres/550 miles due South of London, with a driving distance via the Channel Tunnel and down the A20 ("L'Occitane") of 725 miles or about 13 hours, door to door.

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GASCONY 30 year average weather report