The forecast changed multiple times leading up to the trip, but it promised a heatwave, sunny skies, cloudy skies, thunderstorms, and showers for our 10 day stay in Paris. The first 4 days in Paris were unbearably hot and humid, with temperatures hovering in upper 80’s to low 90’s (in Fahrenheit). Coming from dry Southern California, my husband and I had a difficult time getting used to heat + humidity + lack of A/C throughout Paris. It also didn’t help that we walked the most during those 4 days and another day when we went to Versailles (which also happened to be a very warm day), averaging about 9-10 miles a day. We are heavily dependent on driving in Southern California and take walks for leisure or exercise purposes, hardly ever to get to a destination. Although it was physically tiring and my lower extremities went on strike a few times, the silver lining was that I actually lost a couple of pounds from my Paris trip, even with scarfing down all the decadent treats and stuffing my face with sumptuous meals every day.
The middle of our trip fared better, with beautiful sunny days and balmy nights. Walking around the city was much more enjoyable during those days. The last two days prior to our departure date introduced a different story, however, as both days were rainy. Friday was cloudy with intermittent heavy showers, which let up in the evening, and Saturday was cloudy and cool with heavy rains in the late afternoon that lasted into the evening. The trench coat that didn’t get to see the light of day finally got some use during these two days. Apple weather forecast had been accurate during our trips around the world, but it failed us on Saturday when rain was removed from the forecast and my dear husband decided to remove the umbrella that he had been carrying around the entire trip that day. Friday and Saturday were shopping days, and our plans for Saturday evening were cut short due to having to carry around merchandise in the rain.