It’s raining outside. Paris is a rainy city. I complain about the rain and dreariness a lot, and I’ve always been convinced that New York is colder, but sunnier and drier than Paris…. To me, Paris seems so gray that I often consider getting one of those indoor dawn simulation lamps, like this one.


In any case, I looked up some info about the weather in Paris … and NYC. And it seems as though I was wrong, NYC gets A LOT more rain than Paris. But according to everything I’ve read, it rains in Paris more often than in New York. The rain comes and goes, and nobody can really predict it’s appearance. This seems to be why, as I predicted, New York has as A TON more sunlight than Paris! (7 hours on average versus Paris’ 5 hours.) Below you’ll see the “Hours of Sunlight/day” chart I made with info from the BBC Weather website. As well as the BBC graphs depicting info on average amount of rainfall in both cities.

The lack of light is an interesting concept. Although New York has more sunny hours than Paris in the summer, Paris has more daylight hours. In Paris in the summer, the sun is just setting at 9pm. In New York, it sets much earlier. But that doesn’t change the fact that this winter Parisians will be exposed to only 2 hours of the sun’s rays! Do the long summer nights make up for that? I’m not so sure. Guess it depends on how much you value blue skies and light during the dead of winter.

New York                Paris

January         5                               2

February       6                               3

March            7                               5

April              7                                6

May               8                                7

June             10                               8

July              10                               8

August          9                                7

September   8                                6

October        7                                4

November   6                                2

December   5                                 2