Climate in Central Switzerland

Average daytime and nighttime temperatures

All climate diagrams on this site result from the collected data from three measuring weather stations in Central Switzerland.
Weather stations at an altitude above 560m have not been included.
All data correspond to the average monthly values of the last 20 years.

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Central Switzerland is one of the coldest regions in Switzerland with an average daily high temperature of only 16 degrees. The climate is varied and offers seasons with strong winters and warm summers. It rarely gets really warm up here. Due to the warmer temperatures, the best time for traveling is from June to September. Less attractive are the cold months from November to March.
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Sunshine hours per day
The number of hours of sunshine refers to the time when the sun is actually visible. That is, without any obstruction of visibility by clouds, fog or mountains. With 8 hours per day, July is the sunniest month in the greater region of Central Switzerland. In December, the sun shines the least.
Rain days per month
A rain day is a day on which at least 0.1 mm precipitation (=0.1 liter) per square meter falls. This can be rain, snow, hail or even dew. So it does not have to rain the whole day. With 13 rain days, May offers the most rain days, while September has the fewest.
Precipitation amount in mm/day
The amount of precipitation is measured in millimeters per square meter. Thus, at two mm/day, two liters of water fall on one square meter within 24 hours. With only 1.6 mm, the least amount of rain falls in February. August, on the other hand, has the most rain.
Relative humidity in %
Warm air can absorb more moisture than cold air. The relative humidity indicates how much moisture can be physically contained in the air. At high humidity, a person feels uncomfortable and perceives this as oppressive. In general, a relative humidity of 40-60% feels pleasant. With only 72% humidity on average, it is quite dry in April. The highest value of 85% is experienced here in January.
Absolute humidity in g/m³
In warm months, there is also a higher absolute humidity almost everywhere. At a temperature of 25°C, air can absorb up to 23 grams of water per cubic meter. At 20°C, it is only 17.3 grams. A relative humidity of 40% at 25°C thus corresponds to an absolute humidity of 9.2 grams of water. From a proportion of approx. 13.5 grams, humans perceive the air as muggy.
The "Humidex" (humidity index) is an index of well-being in warmer areas, calculated from the air temperature, relative humidity and dew point. The index corresponds approximately to the temperature felt. At high temperatures, the body transports heat away by sweating. At high humidity, the ambient air can only absorb a small amount of sweat and thus one feels uncomfortable. An index of 20-29 is considered comfortable. Up to 39, people perceive the air as slightly uncomfortable, and above 40, as very uncomfortable. Values above 45 are dangerous in the long run and often lead to heat stroke.
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Map of Central Switzerland

Most important cities in the greater region »Central Switzerland«

The greater region has a west-east extension of about 80 km and over 70 km from north to south.

It consists of the six cantons Lucerne, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schwyz, Uri and Zug.

CityPopulationGeo position
Luzern81,69147° 3' 2"N8° 18' 23"E
Zug30,54247° 10' 21"N8° 31' 3"E
Emmen26,88947° 4' 40"N8° 16' 44"E
Kriens25,01047° 2' 7"N8° 16' 35"E
Baar24,12447° 11' 46"N8° 31' 46"E
Littau16,12147° 2' 60"N8° 15' 46"E
Freienbach14,30247° 12' 19"N8° 45' 30"E
Schwyz14,17747° 1' 15"N8° 39' 15"E
Cham13,49547° 10' 56"N8° 27' 49"E
Einsiedeln13,14847° 7' 43"N8° 44' 50"E
Horw12,34847° 1' 1"N8° 18' 34"E
Küssnacht11,77747° 5' 8"N8° 26' 31"E
Ebikon11,47147° 4' 46"N8° 20' 25"E
Arth9,85047° 3' 48"N8° 31' 25"E
Sarnen9,41046° 53' 55"N8° 15' 2"E
Hünenberg9,03247° 10' 31"N8° 25' 30"E
Altdorf8,67846° 52' 50"N8° 38' 40"E
Steinhausen8,50947° 11' 42"N8° 29' 9"E
Hochdorf8,19247° 10' 6"N8° 17' 30"E
Sursee8,01447° 10' 15"N8° 6' 40"E
Unterägeri7,97347° 8' 11"N8° 35' 7"E
Ingenbohl7,96747° 0' 17"N8° 36' 53"E
Schübelbach7,74547° 10' 24"N8° 55' 41"E
Stans7,47546° 57' 29"N8° 21' 58"E
Wollerau6,88347° 11' 41"N8° 43' 9"E
Lachen6,68547° 11' 29"N8° 51' 22"E
Meggen6,53347° 2' 49"N8° 22' 29"E
Ruswil6,43247° 5' 3"N8° 7' 35"E
Malters6,18147° 2' 11"N8° 10' 55"E
Neuenkirch5,96347° 5' 60"N8° 12' 15"E

Data basis: German Weather Service, individual values averaged and supplemented by own elements. Data on cities and inhabitants:, United Nations Statistics Division and own research.
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