Due to the Alpine climate the weather in Chatel can change both quickly and drastically. It is therefore always advisable to check the local forecast for the most reliable and up to date information regarding current conditions.
Precipitation And Average Temperature
With average temperatures ranging from around zero degrees in winter up to about twenty five degrees in the middle of summer, and a yearly average of around seven days of precipitation per month, Chatel can be said to have a climate that is generally warm and temperate. The temperature can rise into the mid thirties in summer, particularly in July and August- the warmest months of the year. June and August are the wettest months of the year with an average of one hundred and ten millimetres of precipitation falling, although April and May are the two months with the most days of precipitation. During the winter months the temperature is usually low enough that the precipitation falls as snow. The average yearly amount of precipitation is around 1010 millimetres.
The Mountain Micro Climate
Chatel, due to its location within the Portes Du Soleil on the Swiss French border, is affected by weathersystems converging on the northern Alps from the north, west and south. The surrounding mountains, particularly Mt Blanc, have their own micro climates, and Chatel falls within their influence.
The Alpine climate leads to a great contrast between the seasons. In winter the temperature drops significantly and snow begins falling, hopefully for the duration of the entire winter. By spring time the temperature begins to increase again and patches of green begin to appear on the mountain as the snow melts away. Summer is very warm, with long days and plenty of sunshine throughout. By the time Autumn begins the temperatures have already begun to fall again as winter draws closer.