The Tramontane, or Cers, can reach 100 km/h ! This wind coming from the NW
is responsable for the fact that after rain the clouds are chased away and the
sun re-appears soon. Especially in summer this wind is a welcome refreshment,
in the winter it feels more chilly.
The Marin(vent d'Autan) is a humid wind coming from the coast.
The different regions from the Aude also have a different climate(some are
mediteranean, others have more influence from the Atlantic Ocean), in general
we can devide into 3 regions; -the mediteranean part (large zone
of the Corbières and ,Minervois and Narbonne) : from the coast
till about 30km inland (here we have a mild climate, maximum hours of sunshine
a day, dry summers and mild winters). This can be seen when observing the vegetation:
garrigue(rock plants and herbs), olive and almond trees, pine trees and vine
varieties which don't need much water. area west from Carcassonne(Lauragais
and Razes): this region has more influence from the Atlantic side, here
more rainfall (although this remains reasonable compared to the Northern countries),
that's why this is an agriculture region with cultures of cereal, sunflowers,
rape and Limoux produces mainly white vinegrapes. Here grow crops which need
more water. -the mountain part: Haute Vallée,
Corbières vertes and the Montagne Noire starting from a height
of 600m. Here more precipitations, certainly in autumn and spring and snow in
the winter. Especially the Montagne Noire has more rain than the other regions,
here the vegetation is majorly composed of forest and woods, oaks, spruces,
beeches, etc. You will no longer find olive and almond trees.
winter: January and February
chances on rain, sometimes snow, with alternation of sunny
days, temperature if sunny during the day around 15°C, the evenings
are cooler but rarelu night frost(except in the mountain area).
spring: March till May
pleasant temperatures around 25°C, evenings around 15°C,
summer: juni tot half september
Especially August is hot, 40°C
from half September on, weather
can change and rain showers appear. However there are more sunny days, October
usually is better, than appears the so called "Indian summer".
Even in December it's pleasant during the day,
the evenings are cooler.