What's the Weather Like in Geneva in October
Average temperatures feature constant decrease in the city of Geneva during October. High temperatures are initially around 18C (64.4F), dropping to around 12C (53.6F) by the end of October. Low temperatures follow the similar trend, decreasing from around 9C (48.2F) to 5C (41F). However, greater variations are possible, with highs usually ranging from 8C (46.4F) to 23C (73.4F) and lows between 0C (32F) and 13C (55.4F). In most cases, though, average daily temperatures remain within the 7C (44.6F) to 15C (59F) range. This time of year, Geneva, Switzerland, features similar temperatures to Brussels, Belgium.
The projection of average temperatures on the graph reveals that days are usually cool while nights are cold during October. However, the interval of cool temperatures (over 13C/55.4F) is shortening at a fast rate. At the beginning of the month, it spans the period from around 10 am to midnight. At mid-October, this interval lasts roughly from noon to 8 pm. Around October 25, it completely disappears, leaving cold temperatures (below 13C/55.4F) to dominate.
In October, the Swiss city of Geneva features fewer hours with bright sunshine than in the previous month. On average, this destination has slightly over 4 sunny hours per day. The accumulation of clouds is on the increase, which is the main reason for such an outcome besides shorter days. In general, daylight features 40% of sunny weather while the remaining percentage is the share of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions. The possibility of cloud cover over the city rises from 51% at the beginning of the period to 57% at its end. On the other hand, skies are more likely to be clear during the day than at night.
The average amount of rainfall the 2nd most populous city in Switzerland receives in October is on a slight decline. In general, Geneva receives around 70 mm/2.76 in of precipitation across around 9 wet days during the month. The likelihood of rain is essentially constant during this period, varying between 30% and 35% from the statistical point of view. Also, rain brings an almost equal amount of rainfall whenever it occurs.
At the beginning of October, the likelihood of precipitation is equally distributed between days and nights. Starting from the 2nd week of the month, nights are more probable to be wet than days to a lesser extent. Occasional rain is the most common form of rainfall this time of year.
Ville de Genève usually features a light breeze in the course of October. The average speed of the wind increases during this period from 2.5 m/s to 2.7 m/s. The wind is the strongest around mid-afternoon (up to 3.5 m/s), while early morning (down to 2.1 m/s) is windy the least.
In regard to the humidity levels, the city is a dry destination this time of year. The average relative humidity is 79%, which leaves low chances (less than 20%) for comfortable conditions and insignificantly low for humid weather.
Sunrise and sunset
October 1 has the longest daylight during the month. The sun rises at 7:33 am, and sets 11:42 hours later at 7:15 pm. October 31 has 10:08 hours of daylight, from 7:14 am to 5:22 pm. During the night between October 27 and 28, the counting of time shifts for 1 hour backward in Switzerland.
Extraordinary weather occurrences
Geneva is a very safe place when natural disasters and extreme weather occurrences are concerned. The most common type of natural hazards Switzerland copes with is flooding. And floods happen rarely countrywide, and mostly in spring and summer.
Geneva Hotels in October
Hotel deals in the Swiss city of Geneva remain higher than one would expect this time of year. The reason is the presence of the international institutions and banks that draw many business travelers. Consequently, hotel rates are usually higher during workdays. As a traveler, however, you make use of the free Geneva Transportation Card during the entire stay. That way, you achieve savings through the use of the city's boats, trains and buses.
Hotel Residence CityZen
Hotel Residence CityZen is a 3-star establishment located between the Old Town and the UN headquarters. The accommodation units feature various amenities, some of which are air-conditioning, LCD TVs with flat screens, safes, minibars, free Wi-Fi and in-room phone.
Kipling Manotel is another hotel featuring 3 stars. Located in the heart of Geneva, Switzerland, it disposes of rooms featuring free internet access, tea and coffee makers and minibars. Guests of the hotel benefit of the free use of the business center, room service, private parking and conference facilities.
Warwick Geneva is a 4-star property that faces the main train station. It features rooms and suites equipped with free wireless internet, coffee/tea makers, safety deposit boxes and flat-screen TVs among other amenities. Room service is available and guests of Warwick Geneva have free access to the Sports Club. Paid parking, a few dining venues and a business center are additional facilities of the hotel.
Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva
Grand Hotel Kempinski Geneva is a 5-star establishment located by Geneva Lake. Some amenities available in suites and rooms are plasma TVs with satellite channels, safety deposit boxes, floor-to-ceiling windows, iPads and Wi-Fi. 3 restaurants, a nightclub, fitness center, spa, swimming pool and a kids club are other on-site facilities.
Bars and restaurants
With France and Italy as the country's neighbors, the Swiss cuisine is heavily influenced by these worldwide-renowned cuisines. Some especially recommended specialties you should try here are Rösti, Swiss fondue, Raclette and Saucisson Vaudois. The latter is the specialty from the region of Lake Geneva. Still, the multi-cultural city of Geneva has many other dining options that confirm its multi-national character. A wide range of American, Asian, European and African restaurants is available in the destination. However, plan a handsome budget for eating since prices, in general, aren't low.
Mosaique is a small, affordable restaurant located in the Paquis neighborhood. It serves authentic Ethiopian food, and options are available both for gourmands and vegetarians. Since Mosaique is popular because of low prices and delicious food, upfront reservations are essential. The address of the eatery is Rue du Mole 31, and the phone number is +41 22 731 60 58.
Le Thermometre is a moderately-priced restaurant serving Swiss and French food. The service is friendly, fast and attentive, and prices are affordable for the local standards. Meat dishes, salads and desserts are in the house's menu among other types of food. Le Thermometre is open from Monday to Friday between 7 am and 9 pm.
L'Arabesque is an exclusive restaurant located in the President Wilson Hotel. The restaurant is the Michelin-starred dining venue, serving specialties of Lebanese cuisine. The culinary offer of L'Arabesque consists of fish and meat dishes and hummus among other alternatives. The restaurant is Halal certified. Opening hours are daily from noon to 2:30 pm and between 7 pm and 11 pm.
Muller's Factory is a reputable creperie in the city of Geneva. Besides delicious pancakes, the house serves waffles and homemade ice creams. Italian coffee and fresh-pressed juices are also available. Muller's Factory is open every day from 8:30 am (10:15 am on Sunday) to 9 pm (9:30 pm Fri-Sat; 8 pm on Sunday).
Things to do in Geneva in October
Park de l'Ariana
Parc de l'Ariana is a public park of Ville de Genève, located next to the European office of the United Nations. It is beautifully landscaped, boasting verdant greenery that you can enjoy by walking along various hiking trails. In the process, you will have an opportunity to examine the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, a famous peacemaker, and the monumental Broken Chair. More so, you will discover various picturesque spots.
Swiss Museum of Ceramics and Glass
You will find the Swiss Museum of Ceramics and Glass, also known as the Ariana Museum, in Ariana Park. The museum occupies a beautiful building whose exterior combines neoclassical and neo-Baroque elements. The rich collection of the Ariana Museum encompasses showpieces spanning several centuries and many meridians. It houses items made of porcelain, pottery and glass among other materials, created from the 14th to the 20th centuries. While here, check out the replica of the 1-ton Japanese bell in the attached garden and its interesting background story.
In Ville de Genève, you can visit the Reformation Wall embedded into the old city walls. The 4 largest statues represent key reformers of the Reformation - John Calvin, John Knox, William Farell and Théodore de Bèze.