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The climate of Lake Garda (Italy)
Because the weather along Lake Garda is similar to that along the Italian coasts and the French Riviera the climate is often wrongly referred to as a Mediterranean climate. Because winters are reasonably cold Lake Garda has a warm sea climate, type Cfa according to the Köppen climate classification with reasonably cold winters and warm summers. During the winter the weather is cold and bleak along Lake Garda. However, cities such as Sirmione, Lazise and Salo may still offer picture postcard scenery when dark clouds gather over the lake and form a sharp contrast with the colorful houses on the waterside. Snow is not uncommon, especially in the higher regions. Directly along the lake snow and subzero temperatures are uncommon because of the warmer water in the lake. On the highest peaks the snow will remain till late spring which offers nice views when temperatures along the lake are 25-30 degrees Celsius. During the entire year there are local differences in weather and temperature along the lake. This depends on the location you are in, where the wind comes from and if a certain place is situated in the leeward side. In general the northern part is cooler and gets less sunshine than the southern part.

During spring (April/May) the first summer days can be recorded; it may even be pleasantly warm for a longer period of time. However, there is also a chance of rain, low temperatures (10-15 degrees Celsius) and overcast skies for a longer period of time. Whoever wants to travel to Lake Garda during spring should bear in mind that the weather is unstable and there is a reasonable chance your holiday gets rained out. During the first part of May the summer usually starts and chances of unstable weather decrease rapidly; during this period Lake Garda is one of the most beautiful places in Europe.

From May Lake Garda starts to get crowded; during the summer (June, July, August) it is warm and crowded along the lake. Temperatures are 30 degrees Celsius during most days. During the night temperatures remain reasonably high because the water in the lake is warm, too. When rain does fall during the summer this is usually in the form of showers or thunderstorms which can be quite heavy. You should bear this in mind when choosing your campsite and pitch when traveling with a tent or caravan. During fall chances of rain start to increase. However, the weather will be pleasant in most places. The strength of the wind may also increase. However, because the water in the lake is still warm it hardly ever gets cold during fall. Autumn colors in combination with pleasant temperatures, a local wine and a delicious Italian dish make fall very attractive for tourists.

 

Climate information
The figures below are based on long term weather and climate records. They are an average for Lake Garda

average
 maximum
temperature (°C)

average
minimum

temperature (°C)
average
hours of sunshine

per
day
average days with precipitation
per month
average
mm
precipitation
per month
average
sea
temperature (°C)
January 7 1 3 8 8
February 9 1 4 9 6
March 13 4 5 10 8
April 17 9 6 11 10
May 21 12 7 10 14
June 25 17 8 12 19
July 29 20 9 8 21
August 29 19 8 7 22
September 24 15 6 7 20
October 18 10 4 8 16
November 11 5 3 8 13
December 8 2 2 9 10
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm

More climate information
Climate figures are very useful but don’t present a general impression of the climate and the eventual weather circumstances within a certain period. The figures don’t always reflect the chance of wintry weather, extreme heat or hurricanes. That is why we offer useful extra climate information for each month of the year:
 

chance of
(very) hot

weather

chance of
(very) cool
weather
chance of
long-term

precipitation
chance of
hurricanes
(cyclones)
chance of
sunny days

UV-index

January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December
click here for the explanation of the symbols

Disclaimer
The information at this site was carefully composed from climate data collected by meteorological services, meteorological offices, climate experts and other sources. “More climate info” is based on statistics, climate data and personal experience. No rights can be derived from this site. Weather has no memory and gives no guaranties. Nothing is as changeable and unpredictable as the weather. The authors of this site feel in no way responsible for any damages caused by misinterpretation or other circumstances that may influence your holiday or trip to a certain destination. We provide information, it’s up to the reader to use it to it’s benefit.

 

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