Best Time to Visit Lake Garda

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Lake Garda. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Lake Garda. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Lake Garda for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 0 °C to 29 °C
Waves Symbol 8 °C to 24 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.383.31 in (7 – 11 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location

Lake Garda is the largest Italian lake and is a well-known holiday destination between the Alps and the Po Valley. Adjoining cities are Desenzano del Garda, Riva del Garda and Salò.

With its considerable size of around 230 miles², the lake covers three regions at once, which is why Lake Garda is officially classified as Trentino-South Tyrol, Veneto and Lombardy. The biggest source of water is the river Sarca.

The area around the lake is also known for its vineyards. To the south of Desenzano del Garda lies the Lugana wine region and to the east the Bardolino wine region. Lake Garda (in the national language Lago di Garda or sometimes also called Bènaco) is dotted with islands, the most famous being the Isola del Garda.

The journey can be made via Verona by plane or by train. The nearest train station is in Rovereto. Often the journey is also made by car, the motorways are excellently developed and make a problem-free journey possible.

Climate at Lake Garda

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License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' A Mediterranean climate shapes the region around Lake Garda in Italy. Although it is categorized as a mountain lake, the Mediterranean influences on the weather cannot be denied. The average annual temperature is 15 °C. A frosty winter is usually not to be found, snowfall and ice are extremely rare. As a rule, temperatures do not drop below 0 °C.

Spring guarantees sunshine and mild temperatures. Already in April one finds up to 15 °C before and nothing stands in the way of the first sunbathing. In summer it gets very warm at Lake Garda. Temperatures of 30 °C are not uncommon. From May the water temperature also rises and nothing more stands in the way of a jump into Lake Garda. In August we can even expect a water temperature of 24 °C.

From October, bathing in Lake Garda is only recommended for hardboiled people, the temperatures now drop very quickly to below 20 °C. Throughout the year there is little rainfall in the entire region. If it rains, it is mostly a matter of short showers or warm summer thunderstorms at Lake Garda.

Best Time to Visit Lake Garda: Overview

JanuaryJan
MaximumMax. 6 °C
Water max. 8 °C
FebruaryFeb
MaximumMax. 11 °C
Water max. 8 °C
MarchMar
MaximumMax. 13 °C
Water max. 8 °C
AprilApr
TemperaturesTemp. up to 19 °C
Water max. 12 °C
MayMay
TemperaturesTemp. up to 22 °C
Water max. 15 °C
JuneJun
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OctoberOct
TemperaturesTemp. up to 18 °C
NovemberNov
MaximumMax. 12 °C
Water max. 13 °C
DecemberDec
MaximumMax. 6 °C
Water max. 8 °C

When to visit Lake Garda?


The best time to visit Lake Garda is in June, July, August and September. During this time, travellers can expect warm summer temperatures that allow a wide range of activities. The warm and dry weather allows intensive sunbathing and swimming. The lively hustle and bustle in the coastal towns is best enjoyed during this time.

Nothing stands in the way of an excursion to the nearest and well-known city of Verona in summer. With up to 10 hours of daily sunshine, the day can start off relaxed and can be arranged as you wish. Whether holiday flat, hotel or camping, Lake Garda has something to offer for every taste! Water sports enthusiasts (especially surfers) will also find one of the best spots in Europe thanks to the constant winds.

Climate Chart Lake Garda

Climate Chart Lake Garda
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Lake Garda

In the following, you will find the climate table for Lake Garda, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature10°13°19°22°26°29°28°24°18°12°
Night Temperature12°17°20°20°15°10°
Water Temperature12°15°17°22°24°24°19°13°
Precipitation (inch)1.461.651.382.952.993.312.282.723.313.192.62.05
Rainy days7781011119108887
Hours of Sunshine466891011108643
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature is 13.9 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: July (24.7 °C)
Coldest month: January (3.3 °C)

The maximum water temperature is 24 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
June, July, August, September, and October

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
July, August, and September

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 29.88 inch on 104 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

Months that have possible snowfall: January, February, and December

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.1 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Highlights and Attractions


In the northwest of Lake Garda lies the village of Voltino. Here you will find the so-called SKYclimber, a super adventure and highlight for beginners and advanced. Another attraction is the Vittoriale degli Italiani, a museum complex in Gardone Riviera. There is a lot to discover both architecturally and culturally. Monte Baldo should not be ignored in Malcesine. Here you can enjoy a fantastic view over Lake Garda.

Sports enthusiasts and active holidaymakers appreciate Torbole as a sports stronghold on Lake Garda, especially the Lido Blue surf centre at the mouth of the Garca River is a popular contact point with highly trained personnel. Various water sports schools also offer sailing courses and catamaran trips. However, the new trend sport in Italy is the so-called Waterwolf, a state-of-the-art electrosurfboard!

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Lake Garda (Station Verona)
mist     mist, 26.8 °C
Clouds: 0 %       Wind: 2 mph
Air Pressure: 1020 hPa       Humidity: 65 %
Last updated: 23rd Jul 2019, 07:48 am
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Italy: Regions

Lake Garda is part of the holiday destination Italy. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Lake Garda: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 6 reviews for Lake Garda holiday already. Average rating is 4.7 of 5 stars.
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    Tobias, 22 years old was there in August

    Actually there isn’t much to say because: it was just dreamlike beautiful, really clear blue sky and lots of sun, perfect! It can be like this every day! 😀

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Christine, 46 years old was there in August

    We were there 8 days in August and had 38 degrees every day. We had a holiday apartment at the highest point of Limone with a fantastic view over Lake Garda. The heat was only bearable in the pool or in the lake.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Christiane, 52 years old was there in September

    In mid-September the weather around Lake Garda was still quite good. It was enough to spend the day outside and even in the evening on the terrace it was still pleasant. Good time to get some more sun without having to endure heat.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Constanze, 46 years old was there in September

    We were 31.08.17 to 08.09.17 in Torbelone at Lake Garda. One rainy day we had otherwise only pleasant summer-warm temperatures felt 24 to 27 degrees. Ideal for swimming and sitting on the beach. Only the day after the rain the lake had turned and had 18 degrees cold water. The day after next he felt comfortable again – 22-23 degrees.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Corinna , 38 years old was there in August

    We had throughout about 30 degrees Celsius and 1 rainy day with 7 days vacation, but also this rainy day was not too much afflicted with rain so a trip to Verona was super.

    Bathing was possible without any problems. The climate is really excellent, the heat is not so extreme.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Anja, 44 years old was there in June

    One of seven days was very rainy. We then fled with the children to the nearby Sealife 🙂 the other days were very hot and very pleasant at the camping pool or in the lake.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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