Zurich Weather, When to Go and Climate Information

(Zurich, Switzerland)

Cityscape picture taken in the summerThe climate of Zurich is typically fairly temperate and is generally regulated by its inland position, and proximity to the north-westerly side of Lake Zurich and northerly hills, such as the Gubrist, and the Käferberg. Temperatures are also affected by the humid Atlantic breezes and the city rarely features seasonal weather extremes, experiencing milder weather than many people expect, considering its geographical situation.

Seasonal Climate Variations / When to Go

January tends to be the coldest month in Zurich, when daytime temperatures hover around 2°C / 36°F, dropping slightly at night, when sharp frosts are most likely. Snowy weather can occur at this time of the year, while the climate soon begins to warm up and reaches highs of 8°C / 46°F or more by the time that March arrives.

Aerial view of the River LimmatSummers in Zurich are when most tourists decide to visit and the warm, sunny weather makes exploring the city even more enjoyable. The summer climate also has increased daylight hours, meaning that many evening celebrations and parties take place, particularly between the months of July and August.

Average summer highs in Zurich stay around 23°C / 73°F, although can climb much higher for short periods. However, rain showers can also be expected in the summer and weather forecasts should always be checked before planning a day out. The climate in both September and October remains reasonably warm and this is also a good time to visit the city and its many historic attractions, such as those within the Lindenhof district.

Zurich Weather and Climate Chart (Averages)



2°C / 36°F
-1°C / 30°F


5°C / 41°F
0°C / 32°F


10°C / 50°F
3°C / 37°F


12°C / 54°F
4°C / 39°F


19°C / 66°F
9°C / 48°F


21°C / 70°F
11°C / 52°F


23°C / 73°F
13°C / 55°F


23°C / 73°F
15°C / 59°F


17°C / 63°F
10°C / 50°F


13°C / 55°F
7°C / 45°F


7°C / 45°F
1°C / 34°F


3°C / 37°F
0°C / 32°F