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.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Cauterets for warm-weather activities is from mid July to mid August.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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%).
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).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .