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Climate zoneTemperate zoneSubpolar zone to Temperate zone
Latitudes51° 5' N to 41° 35' N66° 9' N to 63° 27' N
Distance to equator4,600 - 5,700 km7,100 - 7,400 km
 
Annual valuesFranceIceland
Ø Daytime maximum temperature16.80 °C8.1 °C
Ø Daily low temperature7.9 °C3 °C
Precipitation734 mm1,117 mm
Rain days106.8 days157.2 days
Hours of sunshine2,008 hrs.1,278 hrs.


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Daily maximum temperatures

The highest daytime temperatures in France are reached in July with an average of 26.0 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, with an average of just 7.7 °C. In Iceland, July is the warmest month, with 14.5 °C. There, it is coolest in January with an average of 3.6 °C.

Night time lows

At night, it cools down to varying degrees depending on the country and altitude. In France, temperatures drop as low as 1.7 °C in January. The warmest nights are in July at 15.1 °C. In Iceland, it is coolest at night in December at -1.4 °C and warmest in July at 9.1 °C. This corresponds to a cooling of 6.0 to 10.9 °C in France and 4.6 to 5.8 °C in Iceland.

Rain days per month

By definition, a rain day is a day on which at least 0.1 liters of precipitation per m² fall. This corresponds to a 1 square meter puddle in which the water stands 0.1 mm high — insofar as the water does not seep away or evaporate. So it does not have to rain all day long. January brings the most rainy days (11.0) in France. With an average of only 6.8 days, September is the friendliest. In Iceland, it rains most often in January with 16.2 days.

Precipitation amount per day

Depending on the season and the location of a country, the wind brings a varying amount of water with it. As a rule, the water evaporating in the oceans is absorbed and then transported inland. The greatest amount of rain (hail or dew are also forms of precipitation) in France occurs in November, when about 2.5 liters per square meter fall per day. In Iceland, the average amount of precipitation ranges from 1.5 liters per day in June to 4.1 in September. However, these are average values. If you consider that there are only 16.0 rainy days in Iceland in September, each of them accounts for about 7.7 liters.

Sunshine hours per day

With 2,008 hours of sunshine per year, France is in the lead. The most hours of sunshine (8.4 per day) are in July. Iceland falls into second place with only 1,278 hours. There the sun is visible in December for only 0.3 hours per day, so not hidden behind clouds.

Hours of daylight

The length of a day varies throughout the year and depends on the distance from the equator. In December, the day in France is only 8.7 hours long. In June, on the other hand, it is 15.8 hours. In Iceland, it is 4.2 hours in December and 21.6 in June.
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