The best times to visit Zurich for ideal weather are

May 7th to September 30th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



Other Zurich Travel Info

Weather in Zurich


Average temperatures in Zurich vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 27th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Zurich, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 76.9°F (24.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 58.7°F (14.8°C) at night.

Zurich Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Zurich Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Zurich Perceived Temperature (F)


Zurich Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Zurich Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 38.8 34.5 30.5
Feb 40.2 34.3 29.2
Mar 50.2 42 35.3
Apr 60.5 51 42.8
May 66 56.7 48.8
Jun 71.9 62.8 55
Jul 75.4 65.8 58.1
Aug 74.4 65.1 57.7
Sep 66 57.5 51
Oct 56.6 49.9 44.8
Nov 46.8 41.8 37.5
Dec 39.6 35.3 31.2

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 3.8 1.4 -0.8
Feb 4.6 1.3 -1.6
Mar 10.1 5.6 1.8
Apr 15.8 10.6 6
May 18.9 13.7 9.3
Jun 22.2 17.1 12.8
Jul 24.1 18.8 14.5
Aug 23.6 18.4 14.3
Sep 18.9 14.2 10.6
Oct 13.7 9.9 7.1
Nov 8.2 5.4 3.1
Dec 4.2 1.8 -0.4



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Zurich are February, September, and then April. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late September. For example, on the week of September 24th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early May with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of April 30th.

When can you find snow in Zurich? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around October, especially close to late October. The best time to ski (if at all) in Zurich is often around around November 19th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Zurich.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Zurich (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 25% 2.2 2.5
Feb 20% 3.1 1.7
Mar 22% 2 2.5
Apr 22% 1.3 2.8
May 35% 0 4.7
Jun 32% 0 5.5
Jul 35% 0 5.6
Aug 29% 0 4.7
Sep 20% 0 3.3
Oct 23% 3.8 3.2
Nov 22% 1.8 2.6
Dec 30% 3.2 3.6

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 25 5.6 6.4
Feb 20 7.9 4.3
Mar 22 5.1 6.4
Apr 22 3.3 7.1
May 35 0 11.9
Jun 32 0 14
Jul 35 0 14.2
Aug 29 0 11.9
Sep 20 0 8.4
Oct 23 9.7 8.1
Nov 22 4.6 6.6
Dec 30 8.1 9.1


Humidity and Wind

Zurich has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (54.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is November (79.1%).

Wind in Zurich is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is March, followed by January and December. March’s average wind speed of around 4.4 knots (5.1 MPH or 8.1 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late February and early March where average top sustained speeds reach 9.8 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Zurich.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 4.2 Light breeze 8.6 Gentle breeze
Feb 3.9 Barely noticeable 7.9 Gentle breeze
Mar 4.4 Light breeze 8.9 Gentle breeze
Apr 3.7 Barely noticeable 7.9 Gentle breeze
May 3.9 Barely noticeable 8.1 Gentle breeze
Jun 3.5 Barely noticeable 7.6 Gentle breeze
Jul 3.4 Barely noticeable 7.6 Gentle breeze
Aug 3.1 Barely noticeable 6.9 Light breeze
Sep 3.2 Barely noticeable 6.9 Gentle breeze
Oct 3.1 Barely noticeable 6.9 Light breeze
Nov 3.8 Barely noticeable 7.8 Gentle breeze
Dec 4.2 Light breeze 8.6 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 76.4%
Feb 69.7%
Mar 60%
Apr 54.8%
May 61%
Jun 62.9%
Jul 62.4%
Aug 66.1%
Sep 72.3%
Oct 77.8%
Nov 79.1%
Dec 78.6%


Is it Safe to Travel to Zurich?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Switzerland; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Zurich, Switzerland is May, followed by January and June. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Zurich in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is somewhat extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 60.3 in November means 60.3% of the tourists vs. May.



Overall Zurich Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 69.2°F (20.7°C) and 46.2°F (7.9°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 7 to 11 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 9 to 11 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Zurich, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 69.6°F (20.9°C) and 39.9°F (4.4°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 6 to 7 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Zurich to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 46.2°F (7.9°C) and 36.1°F (2.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 9 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.


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