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A lot of variety, but temperate winters and mild summers on most of the territory, and especially in Paris. Mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean and in the southwest (the latter has lots of rain in winter). Mild winters (with lots of rain) and cool summers in the northwest . Cool to cold winters and hot summer along the German border. Along the Rhone Valley, occasional strong, cold, dry, north-to-northwesterly wind known as the mistral . Cold winters with lots of the snow in the Mountainous regions: Alps, Pyrenees, Auvergne.