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Best time to visit Zurich, Switzerland

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The best time to visit Zurich is April-July

Based on all the essential things any traveller needs to know about visiting Zurich such as the cost of travel, weather, peak travel seasons and many more, April-July is the best time of year to go.

In summer, the temperature in Zurich can rise as high as 28℃ (82℉). The weather in the winter, especially around January, can reach a minimum of -8℃ (18℉).

If you’re a sun-chaser and want to visit Zurich when the days are longest, you should visit in August. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Zurich in July – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Keep reading to learn more about the best times to go to Zurich, including detailed weather information and tools to help you find and book great deals on your travel.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

April

Most daylight

August

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Zurich seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Zurich as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Zurich is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Zurich

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Zurich for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Zurich climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Zurich for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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FEB
MAR
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JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Zurich in January

  • Average temperature: 0℃ (32℉)
  • Average high temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average low temperature: -3℃ (27℉)
  • Average humidity: 88%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 34mm (1") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 8 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Zurich in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Zurich in February

  • Average temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average high temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average low temperature: -3℃ (27℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 35mm (1") over 8 days
  • Average snow days: 8 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Zurich in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Zurich in March

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average low temperature: 0℃ (33℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 4 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Zurich in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Zurich in April

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Zurich in April, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Zurich in May

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average humidity: 78%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 49mm (2") over 16 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Zurich in May, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Zurich in June

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 13 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Zurich in June, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings, and t-shirts and light gear for the daytime.


Zurich in July

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (77℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 57mm (2") over 14 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Zurich in July, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Zurich in August

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 41mm (2") over 12 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Zurich in August, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Zurich in September

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (47℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 24mm (1") over 10 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Zurich in September, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.

Zurich in October

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average low temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average humidity: 83%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 36mm (1") over 9 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Zurich in October, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Zurich in November

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (35℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 28mm (1") over 8 days
  • Average snow days: 3 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Zurich in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Zurich in December

  • Average temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average high temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average low temperature: -2℃ (29℉)
  • Average humidity: 87%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 51mm (2") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 7 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Zurich in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Zurich is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 25℃ (77℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Zurich is generally around April. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in April first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Zurich is generally around July, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of July too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Zurich, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in August are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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