WEATHER & CLIMATE
How is the weather in Lake Garda today? Better check here before leaving for a walk!
Still planning your trip? Read below and discover our suggestions for the best months to visit Lake Garda.
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LAKE GARDA’S CLIMATE | Key features
Lake Garda (or Benaco) is the largest Italian lake: the huge mass of water, which in summer is colder than the outside air and in winter is warmer, helps to mitigate the temperature of the entire area.
The average temperatures on Lake Garda are those of a sub-Mediterranean climate, although there are differences between one area and another. For example, Malcesine is the place with the mildest temperatures in Lake Garda, while Peschiera del Garda has a more continental (and therefore colder) climate.
So which one is the best month to visit Lake Garda? We can say it goes from April, when the weather starts being mostly sunny, until September. But it depends on what you’re looking for, since Benaco offers many attractions, both from the historical-cultural point of view and from the sporting one, but also from that of relaxation.
Read our guide to enjoy every season on Lake Garda!
- Average temperature: 15° – 24° C (59° – 75° F).
If you like outings under a clear sky, with the scent of freshly blossomed flowers and the colors of nature that awakens, you will surely be enchanted by Lake Garda in the spring.
It is the ideal season if you want to dedicate yourself to outdoor sports: for example, you can go trekking on Monte Baldo or Ponale, or choose one of the many cycle paths that run along the lake. Take a look at our favorite bike trails!
During these months the water is not really warm yet, but the hot outside temperature in Lake Garda in May and June allow you to sunbathe on the many beaches and also to take a dip if you are looking for some cool.
- Average temperature: 24° – 32° C (75° – 90° F)
If you want to relax, sunbathe, take a dip, or enjoy one of your favorite water sports, summer is surely the best moment to visit Lake Garda. It’s the time of year when the lake is teeming with parties, festivals, events, concerts and, if you’re looking for some nightlife, you won’t be disappointed.
Of course you can also practice outdoor activities, like trekking or biking, but remember that Lake Garda temperature in August is super hot, so maybe you should choose June or September, or just practice early in the morning, when the sun is not yet burning.
If you’re planning to visit Benaco next summer, don’t forget to take a look at our guide to the best beaches!
- Average temperature: 10° – 20° C (50° – 68° F)
In autumn temperatures drop, but this does not mean that Lake Garda loses its charm.
In fact, it is the time when the grapes are harvested in the vineyards surrounding the lake, and wine festivals are organized (for example, those in Bardolino and Puegnago in early October).
By the way, have a look at our guide to Lake Garda wines!
- Average temperature: 5° – 15° C (41° – 59° F)
Winter is not too harsh on Lake Garda, but it is definitely a magical moment.
In fact, throughout December and January the villages overlooking the lake host Christmas markets. In addition, the lake also offers the possibility of skiing on the heights of Monte Baldo: do not miss the opportunity to ski a few steps from the lake and enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire basin of Lake Garda!
Winter is very cold in December and January, but on Lake Garda the temperature in February starts rising, so you can practice outdoor sports again.
There are two main winds blowing on Lake Garda: the Peler, which blows from the north in the morning, and the Ora, which blows from the south towards the afternoon/evening.
There are also some minor winds: the Balì, which blows from Passo Ballino (Riva del Garda); the Vinessa, which blows from the east; the Ponale, which comes from the west.
That’s why Lake Garda is perfect for wind sports!