Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Switzerland

We show the climate in Switzerland by comparing the average weather in 3 representative places: Zürich, Genève, and Bern.

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Average High and Low Temperature in Switzerland

Average High and Low Temperature in SwitzerlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F572776383079405521342419NowNowBernBernGenèveGenèveZürichZürich
The daily average high and low air temperature at 2 meters above the ground. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding perceived temperatures.
Zürich 38°F41°F50°F58°F66°F72°F76°F75°F67°F57°F46°F39°F
Genève 41°F44°F52°F59°F67°F74°F79°F78°F69°F59°F48°F42°F
Bern 37°F41°F49°F56°F64°F71°F75°F74°F66°F56°F45°F38°F
Zürich 28°F28°F34°F40°F47°F53°F57°F56°F50°F43°F35°F30°F
Genève 30°F31°F36°F41°F48°F54°F58°F57°F52°F45°F37°F32°F
Bern 26°F26°F32°F37°F45°F51°F54°F54°F48°F41°F33°F28°F


Average Hourly Temperature in ZürichJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcomfortable


Average Hourly Temperature in GenèveJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowvery coldvery coldcoldcoldwarmcomfortable


Average Hourly Temperature in BernJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcomfortablefreezingfreezingfreezing
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Chance of Clearer Skies in Switzerland

Chance of Clearer Skies in SwitzerlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%6238684140NowNowBernBernGenèveGenèveZürichZürich
The percentage of time the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy (i.e., less than 60% of the sky is covered by clouds).
Clearer SkiesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Zürich 43%44%44%42%42%50%61%58%51%42%39%40%
Genève 44%47%46%46%45%55%67%64%55%45%43%43%
Bern 45%45%45%44%42%52%63%60%52%44%41%43%

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Switzerland

Daily Chance of Precipitation in SwitzerlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%48274045NowNowBernBernGenèveGenèveZürichZürich
The percentage of days in which precipitation is observed, excluding trace quantities.
Days of Precip.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Zürich 9.7d8.5d10.0d11.0d13.4d13.9d13.3d12.3d10.3d9.7d9.5d10.4d
Genève 9.6d8.6d9.0d9.3d11.6d11.0d9.9d9.0d9.0d9.9d9.4d10.1d
Bern 8.8d8.1d9.2d10.1d12.8d12.4d11.6d10.8d9.6d9.8d8.8d9.6d

Average Monthly Rainfall in Switzerland

Average Monthly Rainfall in SwitzerlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 in5 in5 in4.èveGenèveZürichZürich
The average rainfall accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question.
Zürich 2.2″2.1″2.4″3.0″4.1″4.6″4.5″4.0″3.6″3.0″2.6″2.6″
Genève 3.1″2.8″2.7″2.9″3.4″3.4″2.9″2.8″3.4″3.6″3.3″3.4″
Bern 2.0″1.9″2.1″2.7″3.8″3.8″3.6″3.4″3.2″3.0″2.5″2.3″

Average Monthly Snowfall in Switzerland

Average Monthly Snowfall in SwitzerlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 in2.41.74.0NowNowBernBernGenèveGenèveZürichZürich
The average snowfall accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question.
Zürich 2.2″1.9″0.9″0.2″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.1″1.1″2.3″
Genève 1.6″1.2″0.3″0.1″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.4″1.5″
Bern 3.2″2.5″1.1″0.3″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.1″1.4″3.8″

Hours of Daylight in Switzerland

Hours of Daylight in SwitzerlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec4 hr4 hr6 hr6 hr8 hr8 hr10 hr10 hr12 hr12 hr14 hr14 hr16 hr16 hr18 hr18 hr20 hr20 hr16.08.5NowNowBernBernGenèveGenèveZürichZürich
The number of hours during which the Sun is at least partly above the horizon.
Zürich 9.0h10.3h12.0h13.7h15.1h15.9h15.5h14.2h12.5h10.8h9.3h8.5h
Genève 9.1h10.4h12.0h13.6h15.0h15.7h15.3h14.1h12.5h10.9h9.4h8.7h
Bern 9.0h10.3h12.0h13.6h15.1h15.8h15.4h14.1h12.5h10.8h9.4h8.6h

Chance of Muggy Conditions in Switzerland

Chance of Muggy Conditions in SwitzerlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%23NowNowBernBernGenèveGenèveZürichZürich
The percentage of time that is muggy, oppressive, or miserable (i.e., a dew point greater than 65°F).
Muggy daysJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Zürich 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.2d0.4d0.4d0.1d0.0d0.0d0.0d
Genève 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.1d0.2d0.2d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d
Bern 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.0d0.4d1.0d0.7d0.1d0.0d0.0d0.0d

Average Wind Speed in Switzerland

Average Wind Speed in SwitzerlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph1 mph1 mph2 mph2 mph3 mph3 mph4 mph4 mph5 mph5 mph6 mph6 mph7 mph7 mph6.èveGenèveZürichZürich
The average of mean hourly wind speeds at 10 meters above the ground.
Wind Speed (mph)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

Tourism Score in Switzerland

Tourism Score in SwitzerlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.67.20.1NowNowBernBernGenèveGenève
The tourism score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F.

Beach/Pool Score in Switzerland

Beach/Pool Score in SwitzerlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810104.45.7NowNowBernBernGenèveGenèveZürichZürich
The beach/pool score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F.

Growing Season in Switzerland

Growing Season in SwitzerlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%20%20%40%40%60%60%80%80%100%100%NowNowBernBernGenèveGenèveZürichZürich
The percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season, defined as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

Growing Degree Days in Switzerland

Growing Degree Days in SwitzerlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec500°F500°F1,000°F1,000°F1,500°F1,500°F2,000°F2,000°F2,500°F2,500°FNowNowBernBernGenèveGenèveZürichZürich
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, where growing degree days are defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature (50°F in this case).

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Switzerland

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in SwitzerlandJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh6.61.17.1NowNowBernBernGenèveGenèveZürichZürich
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter.
Solar Energy (kWh)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

This report illustrates the typical weather for Zürich, Genève, and Bern year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

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