You're likely to be disappointed if you arrive expecting the image of springtime Paris that you see in Hollywood films. In the last several years, the months between April and June have reported below-average temperatures and record-high precipitation—a far cry from the endless days of sunshine in the movies. The weather is wholly unreliable, which foils many travelers’ ambitions for a dry early-season trip. Late summer and early fall typically yield the warmest sojourns, and this is also when Paris is most culturally active: the city unveils new exhibits and welcomes the return of the some of the most anticipated festivals. December and January provide a more festive experience, when Christmas markets line the well-heeled boulevards and twinkling lights illuminate the city’s boutiques. All weather aside, most visitors will tell you there is hardly a bad time to visit Paris, rain or shine.