Average Weather at Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base France
At Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base, the summers are short, comfortable, and partly cloudy and the winters are long, very cold, windy, and mostly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 35°F to 76°F and is rarely below 25°F or above 86°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base for warm-weather activities is from late June to mid September.
The warm season lasts for 2.9 months, from June 12 to September 10, with an average daily high temperature above 69°F. The hottest day of the year is August 4, with an average high of 76°F and low of 59°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.7 months, from November 16 to March 8, with an average daily high temperature below 49°F. The coldest day of the year is February 8, with an average low of 35°F and high of 44°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
At Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year at Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base begins around May 8 and lasts for 5.1 months, ending around October 11. On July 22, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 63% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 37% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 11 and lasts for 6.9 months, ending around May 8. On December 30, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 74% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 26% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 10 months, from March 30 to February 2, with a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 30% on December 22.
The drier season lasts 1.9 months, from February 2 to March 30. The smallest chance of a wet day is 20% on March 2.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 30% on May 23.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year at Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 23, with an average total accumulation of 1.8 inches.
The least rain falls around March 4, with an average total accumulation of 1.2 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day at Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base varies extremely over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 16 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 16 hours, 10 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:47 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 57 minutes later at 8:44 AM on January 2. The earliest sunset is at 4:54 PM on December 11, and the latest sunset is 5 hours, 4 minutes later at 9:58 PM on June 25.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base during 2017, starting in the spring on March 26, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 29.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The perceived humidity level at Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 2% of 2% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed at Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from October 13 to April 18, with average wind speeds of more than 9.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 16, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.7 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.9 months, from April 18 to October 13. The calmest day of the year is August 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 2.2 months, from January 31 to April 5 and for 3.8 months, from June 5 to September 29, with a peak percentage of 42% on July 6. The wind is most often from the north for 2.0 months, from April 5 to June 5, with a peak percentage of 33% on June 4. The wind is most often from the south for 4.1 months, from September 29 to January 31, with a peak percentage of 39% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to mid September, with a peak score in the last week of July.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
The growing season at Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base typically lasts for 8.2 months (253 days), from around March 15 to around November 23, rarely starting before February 11 or after April 19, and rarely ending before October 29 or after December 20.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base should appear around April 14, only rarely appearing before March 28 or after May 2.
Growing Degree Days
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from May 5 to August 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 26, with an average of 6.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from October 28 to February 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 27, with an average of 0.8 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base are 48.774 deg latitude, 2.202 deg longitude, and 499 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 374 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 504 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (597 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (899 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base is covered by artificial surfaces (53%) and trees (40%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (65%) and cropland (17%), and within 50 miles by cropland (60%) and trees (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
Vélizy – Villacoublay Air Base has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.
In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.
The stations on which we may fall back include but are not limited to Toussus-le-Noble Airport, Paris Orly Airport, Paris–Le Bourget Airport, Pontoise – Cormeilles Aerodrom, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Melun-Villaroche, Creil, and Beauvais–Tillé Airport.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.