Having a Nice Winter! The Weather…
Temperatures are obviously lower than is summertime but not brutally so as they are moderated by proximity to the Mediterranean sea, with daytime averages around 13C and rarely below 5C at night.
The key factor is sunshine and statistically there is over 50% chance of sunshine on any given day (in mid summer that’s over 70% but remember that days are longer then).
The other factor that needs attention is rainfall. Again statistically (but no guarantees except that the weather can be unpredictable! ) the wettest month is October (133mm/5. 2ins), followed by diminishing precipitation in November, and December (93mm/3. 7ins), and January etc. etc. Most of these photos were taken in December.
Nice has been recognised as having a milder winter climate than most of Europe since the 18th century, when English aristocrats followed Queen Victoria down there. They were responsible for construction of the seaside promenade, the Promenade des Anglais.
Artists also found their way to the Côte d’Azur in large numbers for the quality of the light. Picasso spent his declining years in Mougins while Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse hung out around Nice. Their work is celebrated in Musée Marc Chagall, Musée Matisse and Musée des Beaux-Arts.
Place Massena, the hub of Nice in winter.
Place Masséna, a pedestrian area and Nice’s main square. Straight ahead is the Promenade des Anglais, the beach and the sea. To the left is the Old Town (Vieille Ville).
On the right is a Christmassy event/kid’s fun fair zone feeding into Jardin Albert Premier which curves around to join the Promenade des Anglais. On the left is the start of Promenade du Paillon, aka Coulis Vert (Green corridor).
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