Weather in May in Switzerland

Many people wonder what the weather conditions are in May in Switzerland. Is this month a good time to go to Switzerland? To answer that question we created this page with all the information you need.

What is the weather like in Switzerland in May?

The weather in Switzerland in May ranges from poor to perfect depending on the destination.

May has maximum daytime temperatures ranging from very cold in Säntis (the highest mountain in the Alpstein massif) with 1°C (34°F) to moderate temperatures in Sion with 22°C (71°F). Nighttime temperatures generally drop to 10°C (49°F) in Sion and -1°C (30°F) in Säntis (the highest mountain in the Alpstein massif).

Precipitation ranges from moderate in Sion with 53mm (2.1inch) rainfall to heavy in Säntis (the highest mountain in the Alpstein massif) with 335mm (13inch) snow/rainfall. In general it is also a moderate sunny month with an average of 160 hours of sunshine in Zermatt during the whole month.

Where to go in Switzerland in May

Find the average weather conditions in May for the most popular destinations in Switzerland on the map below. Click on a destination dot for more detailed information.

Legend perfect weather pleasant tolerable unpleasant poor
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 / 3.5inch a month).

Popular destinations in Switzerland

What is the weather like in May for the 5 most popular destinations in Switzerland?

Average weather in Zermatt

In May Zermatt generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 12°C (54°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 2°C (36°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Zermatt
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
7°C / 45°F 
-2°C / 28°F 
147 hours 
51mm / 2inch 
7 days 
poor 
12°C / 54°F 
2°C / 36°F 
160 hours 
60mm / 2.4inch 
10 days 
June   >> June
>>  
16°C / 60°F 
5°C / 41°F 
177 hours 
55mm / 2.2inch 
9 days 
Climate in Zermatt

Average weather in Grindelwald

In May Grindelwald generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 19°C (66°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 8°C (46°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are tolerable that month.

Grindelwald
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
15°C / 59°F 
4°C / 39°F 
155 hours 
88mm / 3.5inch 
11 days 
19°C / 66°F 
8°C / 46°F 
183 hours 
120mm / 4.7inch 
12 days 
June   >> June
>>  
22°C / 72°F 
12°C / 54°F 
189 hours 
139mm / 5.5inch 
14 days 
Climate in Grindelwald

Average weather in Nendaz

In May Nendaz generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 22°C (71°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 10°C (49°F) and moderate monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are perfect that month.

Nendaz
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
18°C / 64°F 
5°C / 41°F 
211 hours 
33mm / 1.3inch 
5 days 
22°C / 71°F 
10°C / 49°F 
230 hours 
53mm / 2.1inch 
7 days 
June   >> June
>>  
26°C / 78°F 
13°C / 55°F 
255 hours 
47mm / 1.9inch 
7 days 
Climate in Nendaz

Average weather in Zürich

In May Zürich generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 19°C (66°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 9°C (48°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are tolerable that month.

Zürich
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
15°C / 59°F 
5°C / 41°F 
178 hours 
82mm / 3.2inch 
12 days 
19°C / 66°F 
9°C / 48°F 
193 hours 
129mm / 5.1inch 
12 days 
June   >> June
>>  
23°C / 73°F 
13°C / 55°F 
208 hours 
130mm / 5.1inch 
13 days 
Climate in Zürich

Average weather in Davos

In May Davos generally has moderate temperatures with maximum daytime temperatures around 13°C (55°F), minimum nighttime temperatures around 2°C (36°F) and high monthly rainfall. So on average the conditions are unpleasant that month.

Davos
Max temperature Max temp
Min temperature Min temp
Monthly sun hours Sun hours
Monthly rainfall Rainfall
Monthly rainy days Rainy days
Weather conditions Weather
<<   April April
<<  
9°C / 47°F 
-2°C / 28°F 
153 hours 
55mm / 2.2inch 
9 days 
poor 
13°C / 55°F 
2°C / 36°F 
155 hours 
91mm / 3.6inch 
1,213 days 
June   >> June
>>  
17°C / 62°F 
6°C / 43°F 
168 hours 
130mm / 5.1inch 
0 days 
Climate in Davos

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Is May the best time to go to Switzerland?

In our opinion May is not the best time to visit Switzerland with commonly unpleasant weather in Zermatt.

On average the best time to visit Switzerland is in July and August with generally pleasant weather in Zermatt. The worst months are January, February, March, April, November and December that can have poor weather conditions.

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