The weather in Morzine varies massively from hot sunny days to bitterly cold stormy days. The forecast can change quickly.
Morzine weather forecast
You will find below the latest weather forecast for Morzine and Avoriaz.
The various seasons in Morzine
There are four distinct seasons in Morzine, although there is some crossover between them, for example the snow that is usual for winter can fall in spring and autumn and even on rare occasions in summer in Avoriaz.
In winter the temperatures can go from well below zero to warm sunshine. Snowfall usually begins in October and continues throughout the winter months. Just because the temperature rises in April does not necessarily mean that winter is over and there will not be any more snow. Things can change quickly and there is often fresh snowfall all the way to the end of the winter ski season and into May. There can even be some light snowfall on the highest mountains in summer!
By spring time Morzine is usually getting noticeably warmer. There can be heavy rainfall, with snow at higher altitudes. The heavy rainfall can also lead to flooding. This is not to say that spring time is always wet and miserable. The weather regularly changes throughout spring time and there are often beautiful warm and sunny days.
By summer the temperature has increased a great deal from the cold days of winter. Temperatures can get up to the mid thirties and are usually around the mid twenties. Warm air rising throughout the day can cause spectacular thunder storms in the evening as the air cools. There can be periods of heavy rainfall throughout summer but these do not usually last for long and as soon as the sun comes back out the town dries out quickly.
By September the temperature begins to drop again. The weather can still vary a lot. There can be warm sunny days and there can also be high rainfall. By late October/November there can even be snowfall all the way into town and snow regularly settles on the higher areas such as Avoriaz and the top of Nantaux. The snow can still melt quickly lower down but lower temperatures help it to hold on higher up the mountain.
The mountain climate
The unique mountain climate in Morzine means that it can be hard to predict exactly what the weather will be like and it can change massively from one day to another, but this is a general guide of what to expect at different times of the year.
Higher up the mountain there can be high winds on some of the more exposed slopes and this can occasionally mean some of the lifts are closed for safety reasons.
Typical signs of an Alpine climate are increased precipitation and lower temperatures.
Due to the altitude of Avoriaz the lower temperatures are particularly evident in the winter months.The more exposed aspect of the town also leads to higher winds. The high altitude of Avoriaz means that it is more exposed to the elements than Morzine. High winds at altitude can occasionally lead to some of the higher lifts closing as a safety precaution.
Typical Morzine Weather
Being in the mountains and with its unique micro-climate, summer weather can be very changeable in Morzine. However, with average temperatures in the mid-20s in July and August and 11 hours of sunshine a day in July, Morzine is a wonderful place to be in the summer.
July is the warmest month in Morzine, with average temperatures of 21°C, average highs of 27°C and 11 hours of sunshine a day. August isn't far behind with average temperatures remaining at 21°C, and highs marginally lower at 26°C and an average of 10 hours of sunshine a day, August has also recorded the highest temperature of 35°C in recent years. Although the summer season is at its busiest in July and August, average temperatures reach the 20s°C in May and continue into September.
It's worth remembering that Morzine has an altitude of 1000m and the air is cleaner and thinner at higher altitudes, so UV exposure is greater in the mountains than in the valleys. This means it's also easier to burn, so don't forget your sunscreen.
Even with such lovely temperatures throughout the summer, Morzine is in the mountains, and mountain weather is very changeable. Conditions can change rapidly, especially due to the proximity to Lake Geneva from which the additional evaporation increases air convection which lead to cumulonimbus clouds and in turn give rise to storms in the mountains. This is demonstrated in the average rainfall figures with an average of 92mm falling in July, with the September the wettest month with an average of 127mm of rainfall.