Montpellier is one of the principal city in the Occitanie region in southwest France.
Montpellier has a mediterranean climate, like the one found all around the mediterranean coast of Europe. Montpellier has slightly cooler weather year-round (but mainly colder winters) than other cities in the French Riviera such as Marseille, Cannes and Nice, since it's not protected by mountains. Winters are rainy and cold but nighttime temperatures don't usually get below freezing and daytime temperatures stay above 10°C (50°F). Cold waves do hit Montpellier occasionally and the mercury can dip below -5°C (23°F) and, in rarer cases, below -10°C (14°F). The record low is -17°C (1°F). Snow is very uncommon in the city but flurries can be seen once or twice per year. The last heavy snowfall was in February 2018. Summers are hot and sunny with temperatures usually ranging from 30°C (86°F) to 18-20°C (65-68°F). Heat waves don't usually affect Montpellier and temperatures above 32°C (90°F) aren't that common. The record high is 37.5°C (99.5°F). Rainfall isn't completely absent during the summer since light showers do occur sometimes.