Average Weather in Samoëns France
In Samoëns, the summers are comfortable, the winters are freezing, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 19°F to 71°F and is rarely below 10°F or above 81°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Samoëns for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.
The warm season lasts for 3.4 months, from May 31 to September 12, with an average daily high temperature above 63°F. The hottest day of the year is July 26, with an average high of 71°F and low of 51°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.4 months, from November 20 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 39°F. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of 19°F and high of 32°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
In Samoëns, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Samoëns begins around June 20 and lasts for 2.9 months, ending around September 18. On July 23, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 63% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 37% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 18 and lasts for 9.1 months, ending around June 20. On May 8, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 62% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 38% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Samoëns varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 7.9 months, from May 2 to December 31, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on May 26.
The drier season lasts 4.1 months, from December 31 to May 2. The smallest chance of a wet day is 25% on March 3.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation in Samoëns changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 9.1 months, from February 25 to November 30. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 40% on May 26.
Mixed snow and rain is the most common for 2.7 months, from January 5 to February 25 and from November 30 to January 1. The highest chance of a day with mixed snow and rain is 14% on December 21.
Snow alone is the most common for 4.0 days, from January 1 to January 5. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 13% on January 16.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Samoëns experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Samoëns. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 4, with an average total accumulation of 3.5 inches.
The least rain falls around January 15, with an average total accumulation of 1.4 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Samoëns experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from October 25 to April 27, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 2, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 1.8 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from April 27 to October 25. The least snow falls around July 24, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Samoëns varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 38 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 46 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:41 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 34 minutes later at 8:15 AM on January 1. The earliest sunset is at 4:47 PM on December 11, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 41 minutes later at 9:28 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Samoëns during 2018, starting in the spring on March 25, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 28.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The perceived humidity level in Samoëns, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Samoëns varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 1.4 weeks, from April 17 to April 27, with a peak percentage of 29% on April 20. The wind is most often from the south for 5.0 days, from April 27 to May 2 and for 7.3 months, from September 9 to April 17, with a peak percentage of 28% on April 29. The wind is most often from the west for 4.2 months, from May 2 to September 9, with a peak percentage of 41% on July 5.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Samoëns throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Samoëns for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the first week of August.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Samoëns for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
The growing season in Samoëns typically lasts for 4.9 months (150 days), from around May 11 to around October 8, rarely starting before April 14 or after June 5, and rarely ending before September 18 or after October 26.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Samoëns should appear around May 14, only rarely appearing before May 2 or after May 31.
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from May 9 to August 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 5, with an average of 7.2 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from October 29 to February 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 1.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Samoëns are 46.083 deg latitude, 6.726 deg longitude, and 3,802 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Samoëns contains extreme variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 4,652 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,161 feet. Within 10 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (8,953 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (14,961 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Samoëns is covered by trees (55%) and cropland (26%), within 10 miles by trees (39%) and grassland (20%), and within 50 miles by trees (36%) and grassland (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Samoëns, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Samoëns.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Samoëns according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Samoëns is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Samoëns and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Sion (26%, 48 kilometers, east); Aéroport Genève-Cointrin (24%, 51 kilometers, west); Annecy-Meythet (25%, 51 kilometers, west); and Aosta Airport (25%, 62 kilometers, southeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .