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The climate of Zurich: when to go to Zurich

The climate of Zurich is continental-alpine, characterized by cold winters and mild summers. As in all of Switzerland, rainfall is quite abundant especially in the summer months.

The average minimum temperatures are normally below zero in the months between December and February, the coldest month is January with -2 ° C, while in July the minimum average temperatures reach the maximum annual value with 13 ° C. The average maximum summer temperatures are between 19 ° C and 24 ° C, while they reach an average of only 3 ° C in January.

The average annual temperature in Zurich is 9.3 ° C. The city has an annual average of 88 days of frost, that is, days in which the minimum average temperatures are below zero. The ice days, i.e. the days when the maximum average temperature is below zero, are on average 26 per year. The hours of sunshine are 1,566 per year.

The average annual total of rainfall is around 1,134 mm per year, the months with the least rainfall are between October and March, the summer months are the rainiest. On average, in a year, there are 133 rainy days, they vary monthly between 9.3 days in February and 12.7 rainy days in June.

Snow falls frequently in the winter months, usually between November and March. In one year, Zurich has an average of 20 days of snow, in which a total of 56 cm of snow falls per year.

WHEN TO GO TO ZURICH

The city of Zurich can be visited all year round. Despite this, the temperatures are warmer and more pleasant in spring and summer.

THE CLIMATE OF ZURICH: CLIMATE TABLES

ZURICH (408 meters)
MonthAverage low (°C)Average high (°C)Precip. (mm)Precip. days (snowy days)
January-2,02,96310,5 (4,8)
February-1,64,6649,3 (5,2)
March1,79,57811,9 (3,2)
April4,513,88311,4 (0,7)
May8,818,512212,4
June11,921,612812,7
July14,024,012412,3
August13,823,312411,6
September10,518,89910,2
October7,013,7869,9 (0,1)
November2,07,27910,3 (1,6)
December-0,73,78311,4 (4,8)
YEAR5,813,51134133,9 (20,4)

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