Climate in The Var region of Provence

Flayosc weather
Flayosc is next to the region in France that has the largest number of sunny days per year. The warmest month is July, the coldest months are from December to February. You can expect to enjoy long, hot summers with warm nights, ideal for spending as much time outdoors as possible. Although Provence is renowned for the presence of the Mistral wind, this can provide a welcome breeze in summer, and even in winter temperatures can be mild.

The weather in this part of France is more localised than any other part of France. The area between the Italian border and the Rhône valley practically always has different weather to the rest of France. And it changes dramatically as you get close to the Alps and for villages that are sheltered by large hills. When it rains it is usually strong and for a short period, and followed, very quickly, by clear skies.

The Mistral
The Mistral flows down the Rhône valley and fans out over the coast from Marseille to St. Tropez. The Rhône valley is to the west of Flayosc and runs from Lyon to Marseille. So Flayosc is not directly in the path of the Mistral. The effects of the Mistral can be felt, but the impact is no where near as strong, and Flayosc is affected more by the marine winds that blow through the Argens valley. The Mistral is responsible for the exceptionally sunny conditions in the region, parts of which have the largest number of sunny days per year in France. There isn't a specific period for the Mistral. Accurate forecasting is very hard, it is more likely to occur in the winter months than during the summer and arrives at short notice, often building up in the night. Once established, the Mistral generally peaks in the afternoon and weakens in the evening, and usually lasts for one to three days. It is at it's coldest in January and February.

Interestingly, the mistral brings with it a purity of light so remarkable that distant hills, almost invisible at other times, come into startling detail. The Mistral makes the coast to the south west of Flayosc a wind-surfer's paradise. All of the dangers to navigation at sea are a plus to wind-surfers. A popular beach is the one at Six-Fours, another favourite spot is the beach of Almanarre, in Hyères. In both places the waves are short and treacherous for a pleasure boat, but ideal for wind-surfers. Expect to see amazing acrobatics being performed there.

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Location of Flayosc

Location: Flayosc
Region: Var, Provence
South of France
Near: Draguignan

Property Details
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Two double bedrooms
2 double beds
1 single bed
Sleeps 5
Roof terrace
Fire place
Original spiral staircase
Separate WC
Large bathroom and bath
Over 8 restaurants and bars
on the doorstep
Lots of parking
The Wind atlas for Europe shows a dramatic change in wind conditions in the area, with the wind at it's strongest in Marseille and at it's weekest just east of Nice.

General climate in Provence and the Var
The Var region has the most sunshine in the whole of France, with over 300 days of sunshine in the southern costal region. The driest month is July. The wettest two months are October and November. After that, December to February have the next highest rainfall.

The varied relief of the Var leads to very localised weather conditions. The majority of the valleys and plains are almost closed, which limit the air circulation making the air better on the hilltops than in the valleys. The far western part of the Var down the Rhône valley is heavily effected by the Mistral. Flayosc is to the east of this, and is affected more by the marine winds that blow through the Argens valley.

Geography of the Var
The climate of the Var is heavily influenced by it's unique geography. More than half of the surface area of the Var is woodland. The rock underneath the surface of the Var can be broadly divided into two regions. Firstly, draw a line from Toulon through Draguignan. To the west of this line, is made up of limestone, which is a chalky substance that consists of calcium carbonate and calcium. To the east of this line the rocks are of a crystalline structure. Flayosc is to the west of this line and is on Limestone.

The principal hills near the sea are The Maures, which have a peak of 618 m, and The Estérel, which have a peak of 771 m. In the west is The Sainte Baume chain of mountains, which have a peak of 1041 m. In north The Lachens mountains, which have a peak of 1715 m. These are the last mountains of the Alps of the South and the highest mountains in the region.

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