Zürich weather in May (Canton of Zurich, Switzerland)

Looking to travel to Zürich in May? Check out this comprehensive weather guide.

In May, the weather in Zürich generally has pleasant temperatures and high rainfall. Throughout the day, temperatures typically settle at around 20°C (show in °F). But by evening, they drop to around 9°C.

Zürich in May usually receives high rainfall, averaging around 138 mm (show in inches) for the month. When we look at the climate data from the last 30 years, we can expect around 18 days of rain.

The weather is predominantly sunny, with an estimated total of around 193 hours of sunshine. This amount of sunlight does not only brightens the days but also contributes to a cheerful ambiance in the area during this month.

If you favor pleasant temperatures and minimal rainfall, May is one of the better months to visit Zürich. May, June, July, August and September typically offer the most agreeable weather. On the other hand, January, February, November and December tend to be characterized by conditions that may not be as favorable.

For an in-depth look at the yearly weather and climate conditions, visit our specialized Zürich climate page with graphs.


Zürich, monthly averages in May

Show in Fahrenheit
Min Temperature 8.9°C  
Max Temperature 19.5°C  
Chance of Rain 59%  
Precipitation 138 mm  
Rainy days 18 days  
Humidity 71%  
Windspeed 7 km/h  
Sunshine 193 hours  
Percentage Sunshine 45%  

Where to go in Switzerland in May

Find out more about the weather in Switzerland in May and which places have the best weather conditions in this month.

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Perfect weather is subjective. On this map perfect weather has been defined with temperatures between 20-29ºC / 68-84ºF and not too much precipitation (less than 90mm / 3.5inches a month).

So, what should you wear in Zürich in May?

​ For visitors traveling to Zürich, we recommend wearing layers. So maybe a skirt, t-shirt, shorts for during the day and jeans and a warm jacket for some days and evenings. Bring a rain jacket in case it rains during your stay. Plan on layering your clothes. ​ ​

What To Do

We rated the following activities from 1 (least suitable) to 10 (best) to do in May.

Outdoor sports

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