Climate and Weather in the Dolomites

The Dolomite Mountains offer some of the best weather in all of the Alps – perfect for year-round active adventures. As a mountain range, the Dolomites receive less precipitation on an annual basis than do the majority of the Alps. The southern Dolomites (the Brenta Group and Lake Garda area) tend to be struck with cold spells created by storms that have pushed up from the south, and more fog created when the cold air mixes with the warmer air from nearby Venice. The Northern Dolomites (Sudtirol / Alto Adige) have the least amount of precipitation, as the southern Dolomite groups break up the big storms from the south, leaving the north with more desirable conditions.

The summer months (mid-July through September) have warm temperatures and plenty of sun – perfect for hiking, climbing, via ferrata, and cycling trips!  While the average maximum temperature may reach some 80 °F / 25°C on the valley floors, the gentle wind of the Dolomites guarantees refreshing moments in the shade of rich green woods.

In fall the temperature drops, but weather conditions remain stable and pleasant, making the Dolomites a perfect place to plan a “late summer” adventure!

Winter snow usually begins to accumulate in December, lasting through March, and sometimes April. While temperatures fall below freezing, and snowfall is ample, the sun shines an unparalleled 8 days out of 10 in the Dolomites – more than any other range in the Alps! The sunny winter paradise of the Dolomite Mountains make skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing adventures here unbeatable!

Spring returns in with warmer weather and longer days, but also with rain. But this too is welcomed, as it clears the air for spectacular vistas and brings beautiful green valleys and pastures overflowing with wildflowers!

Below are monthly average temperatures, days of rain, daylight, and sunshine for Cortina d’Ampezzo, on the valley floor of the Dolomites. Keep in mind, that as you gain elevation it will be colder. For every 1,000 feet you climb, the temperature will drop 3.6°F (6.5°C for every 1,000 meters). What may be an 80°F / 27°C day in Cortina could be 60°F / 15°C on one of the summits!

 

Weather in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy

Elevation 1,224m (4,016')       Latitude 45°52'N         Longitude 007° 36'E

Month 

Average High Temperature 

Average Low Temperature

Average Hours Daylight

Average Hours Sunshine / Day

Average Days Rain / Month

Jan

6°C / 42.8°F

-5°C / 23°F

9:04

3

4

Feb

9°C / 48.2°F

-2°C / 28.4°F

10:23

4

4

Mar

15°C / 59°F

2°C / 35.6°F

11:52

5

5

Apr

19°C / 66.2°F

5°C / 41°F

13:32

5

7

May

23°C / 73.4°F

9° C / 48.2°F

14:56

6

10

Jun

27°C / 80.6°F

13°C / 55.4°F

15:42

7

9

Jul

29°C / 84.2°F

15°C / 59°F

15:25

8

9

Aug

28°C / 82.4°F

15°C / 59°F

14:12

7

9

Sep

25°C / 77°F

11°C / 51.8°F

12:37

6

6

Oct

19°C / 66.2°F

6° C / 42.8°F

11:01

5

6

Nov

11°C / 51.8°F

0°C / 32°F

9:32

3

6

Dec

7°C / 44.6°F

-4°C / 24.8°F

8:42

3

4

Sources: www.holidaycheck.com and http://aa.usno.navy.mil

 

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