Average Weather in Genève Switzerland
In Genève, the summers are warm, the winters are very cold and wet, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 30°F to 79°F and is rarely below 22°F or above 89°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Genève for warm-weather activities is from late June to early September.
The warm season lasts for 3.1 months, from June 6 to September 9, with an average daily high temperature above 72°F. The hottest day of the year is August 4, with an average high of 79°F and low of 58°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.6 months, from November 16 to March 3, with an average daily high temperature below 48°F. The coldest day of the year is January 27, with an average low of 30°F and high of 41°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 Genève, 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 Genève begins around June 16 and lasts for 3.1 months, ending around September 18. On July 23, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 68% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 32% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 18 and lasts for 8.9 months, ending around June 16. On December 31, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 59% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 41% 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 Genève varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 7.9 months, from April 29 to December 25, with a greater than 33% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 40% on May 25.
The drier season lasts 4.1 months, from December 25 to April 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 26% 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 throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 40% on May 25.
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. Genève experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Genève. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around October 11, with an average total accumulation of 3.6 inches.
The least rain falls around March 9, with an average total accumulation of 2.6 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Genève does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Genève varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 37 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 47 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:43 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 35 minutes later at 8:18 AM on January 1. The earliest sunset is at 4:49 PM on December 11, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 42 minutes later at 9:31 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Genève 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 Genève, 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
The average hourly wind speed in Genève experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 3.9 months, from January 14 to May 11, with average wind speeds of more than 6.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.7 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 8.1 months, from May 11 to January 14. The calmest day of the year is August 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Genève varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 1.3 months, from April 1 to May 11 and for 2.0 weeks, from September 1 to September 15, with a peak percentage of 35% on April 19. The wind is most often from the west for 3.7 months, from May 11 to September 1, with a peak percentage of 37% on July 5. The wind is most often from the south for 6.5 months, from September 15 to April 1, with a peak percentage of 48% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Genève 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 Genève for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to early September, 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 Genève for hot-weather activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.
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 Genève typically lasts for 7.0 months (214 days), from around April 6 to around November 7, rarely starting before March 11 or after April 27, and rarely ending before October 17 or after December 1.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Genève should appear around April 15, only rarely appearing before April 2 or after April 30.
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 3.2 months, from May 13 to August 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 5, with an average of 7.1 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from October 28 to February 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 1.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Genève are 46.202 deg latitude, 6.146 deg longitude, and 1,362 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Genève contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 322 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,318 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (3,727 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (15,118 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Genève is covered by artificial surfaces (81%) and water (13%), within 10 miles by cropland (40%) and artificial surfaces (23%), and within 50 miles by trees (42%) and cropland (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Genève, 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Genève.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Genève 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 Genève is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Genève and a given station.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .