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Average Weather in Cauterets France

In Cauterets, the summers are cool, the winters are freezing and snowy, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 20°F to 64°F and is rarely below 12°F or above 74°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Cauterets for warm-weather activities is from mid July to mid August.

Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.1 months, from June 14 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 58°F. The hottest day of the year is August 4, with an average high of 64°F and low of 46°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.7 months, from November 18 to March 8, with an average daily high temperature below 39°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 20°F and high of 34°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

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

Average Hourly Temperature in CauteretsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfreezingfreezingfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcool
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Cordova, Alaska, United States (5,038 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Cauterets (view comparison).

Clouds

In Cauterets, 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 in Cauterets begins around June 16 and lasts for 3.0 months, ending around September 17. On July 20, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 78% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 22% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around September 17 and lasts for 9.0 months, ending around June 16. On November 24, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 61% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 39% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in CauteretsclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2078%Jul 2078%Nov 2439%Nov 2439%Jun 1658%Jun 1658%Sep 1759%Sep 1759%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Cauterets varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 8.4 months, from September 26 to June 7, with a greater than 25% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 33% on April 30.

The drier season lasts 3.6 months, from June 7 to September 26. The smallest chance of a wet day is 17% on July 11.

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 in Cauterets changes throughout the year.

Rain alone is the most common for 7.7 months, from April 6 to November 27. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 26% on May 22.

Snow alone is the most common for 3.7 months, from November 27 to March 19. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 15% on January 17.

Mixed snow and rain is the most common for 2.6 weeks, from March 19 to April 6. The highest chance of a day with mixed snow and rain is 12% on April 10.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in CauteretssnowrainsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Apr 3033%Apr 3033%Jul 1117%Jul 1117%Mar 1923%Mar 1923%Nov 2727%Nov 2727%Sep 2625%Sep 2625%Jun 725%Jun 725%snowmixedrain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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. Cauterets experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.7 months, from March 7 to December 28, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around October 11, with an average total accumulation of 2.0 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.3 months, from December 28 to March 7. The least rain falls around February 19, with an average total accumulation of 0.4 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.

As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Cauterets experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 7.7 months, from October 6 to May 30, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 17, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 1.5 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from May 30 to October 6. The least snow falls around August 14, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in CauteretssnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.5 in1.0 in1.5 in2.0 in2.5 in3.0 in3.5 inJan 171.5 inJan 171.5 inAug 140.0 inAug 140.0 inOct 60.1 inOct 60.1 inMay 300.1 inMay 300.1 in
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Cauterets varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 1 minute of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 21 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in CauteretsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 8 minMar 2012 hr, 8 minMar 2015 hr, 21 minJun 2115 hr, 21 minJun 2112 hr, 11 minSep 2312 hr, 11 minSep 239 hr, 1 minDec 219 hr, 1 minDec 21nightnightday
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 6:21 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 10 minutes later at 8:31 AM on January 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:26 PM on December 8, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 17 minutes later at 9:43 PM on June 27.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Cauterets during 2018, starting in the spring on March 25, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 28.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in CauteretsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AM2 AMJun 156:21 AMJun 156:21 AM9:43 PMJun 279:43 PMJun 27Dec 85:26 PMDec 85:26 PM8:31 AMJan 38:31 AMJan 3Mar 25DSTMar 25DSTDSTOct 28DSTOct 28daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2018. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

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 in Cauterets, 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, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in CauteretsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Feb 30%Feb 30%Aug 150%Aug 150%drydrycomfortablecomfortable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

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 in Cauterets experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 7.5 months, from October 4 to May 19, with average wind speeds of more than 5.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 5, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.1 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 4.5 months, from May 19 to October 4. The calmest day of the year is August 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.8 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Cauterets varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 7.4 months, from February 2 to September 13, with a peak percentage of 42% on July 27. The wind is most often from the south for 4.6 months, from September 13 to February 2, with a peak percentage of 39% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in CauteretsSNSJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsouthnortheast
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Cauterets 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 Cauterets for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in CauteretsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.65.60.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 Cauterets for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in CauteretsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468101.21.20.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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.

Growing Season

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 in Cauterets typically lasts for 3.7 months (113 days), from around June 6 to around September 27, rarely starting before May 17 or after June 25, and rarely ending before September 5 or after October 16.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Cauteretsgrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jun 650%Jun 650%Sep 2750%Sep 2750%Jun 2590%Jun 2590%Sep 590%Sep 590%May 1710%May 1710%Oct 1610%Oct 1610%0%Feb 270%Feb 27Jul 30100%Jul 30100%freezingvery coldcoldcoolfrigid
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within 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 in Cauterets should appear around June 13, only rarely appearing before June 1 or after June 27.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in CauteretsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F100°F200°F300°F400°F500°F600°F700°FJun 1390°FJun 1390°FDec 31630°FDec 31630°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 3.1 months, from May 17 to August 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 5, with an average of 7.5 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from October 28 to February 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.8 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 19, with an average of 1.7 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Cauterets are 42.883 deg latitude, -0.117 deg longitude, and 5,768 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Cauterets contains extreme variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 5,148 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4,959 feet. Within 10 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (9,449 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (10,945 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Cauterets is covered by trees (54%), grassland (24%), and sparse vegetation (16%), within 10 miles by grassland (30%) and trees (25%), and within 50 miles by trees (42%) and cropland (23%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Cauterets, 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

There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Cauterets.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Cauterets according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Cauterets is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Cauterets and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport (45%, 34 kilometers, north); Pamplona Airport (31%, 125 kilometers, west); and Zaragoza Airport (24%, 155 kilometers, southwest).

Other Data

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.

Disclaimer

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.