|Spring is spectacular in
the Languedoc. Long, sunny, mild days, fields of wildflowers, the air sweet with
the scent of Spanish broom splashing the hills, brilliant yellow, bunches of
purple wisteria draped over walls and fences covered in roses. Vineyards grow
thicker and greener as you watch. Daytime temperatures are usually in the
mid-to-high teens (C) in early spring, rising to around 25-30°C (75-85°F), but
there's always the possibility of a few cool and/or wet days.
Summers are hot and dry, with daytime
temperatures frequently soaring above 30°C/85°F. However, it's almost always
comfortable in the shade. While summer nights are usually warm and comfortable
for sitting out, it can be cool enough to require long sleeves. Humid days are
relatively rare, but do occur when a southeast wind brings moist air and,
favourite season of many people who
live here. The vendange (grape harvest) is in full swing from early September
till almost mid-October. Autumn weather is highly variable and can change not
only by the day, but by the hour. September is usually sunny and warm - even
hot. Temperatures can fluctuate wildly, from mid-summer heat wave to grey
chill, and just as quickly, back again. The country side is magnificent with its
changing colours, that glow in the sunshine.
Winters are generally mild, with occasional cold
periods, when night-time lows can drop to -2°C (0°C = 32°F) or -3°C, or,
very rarely, even -5°C or -6°C.
Pansies and Primroses thrive in the winter garden. The wind can blow hard and
temperatures may drop but, in a sunny, sheltered spot, you may still need that
T-shirt; even in winter, the sun can be very strong here.