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.
Zurich Travel Guide
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)
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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Zurich.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Zurich (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
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.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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|
Is it Safe to Travel to Zurich?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Mar 17, 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 Dec 14, 2018.
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
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.