The climate in Switzerland

Average daytime and nighttime temperatures

All climatic diagrams of this page are taken from the collected data from 18 measuring stations in Switzerland.
Weather stations at an altitude above 2490m have not been included.
All data correspond to the average monthly values of the last 20 years.

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Climate zone: Moderate zone of the northern hemisphere

The climate in Switzerland widely corresponds to the German weather conditions. It is cold, wet and a few beautiful summer months are also happening. A beach holiday can also be enjoyed in the warmer season, but water temperatures will not reach much more than 19 °C. Due to the warmer temperatures the best time for traveling is from June to September. Winter athletes will find their favorite weather conditions from December to February.

Duration of daylight and sunshine in Switzerland

hours of sunshine per day
Sunshine hours per day in Switzerland

Climate charts for other regions in Switzerland

Saint Gallen
Appenzell Outer Rhodes
Appenzell Inner Rhodes
rainy days per month
Rainy days per month in Switzerland
Precipitation in mm/day
Precipitation in Switzerland
Relative humidity in %
Relative humidity in Switzerland
Water temperature
Water temperatures in Switzerland
Absolute humidity in g/m³ (approx.)
Absolute humidity in Switzerland

Long-term development of temperatures from 1980 - 2018

In the years 1980 to 2018 there were only 2 weather stations in the whole country, which reported continuous temperature values (Zuerich Fluntern, Lugano). From these weather reports we have created a long-term development that shows the monthly average temperatures. The hottest month in this entire period was Juli 2015 with 24.0 °C. Januar 1985 was the coldest month with an average temperature of -2.5 °C.

The average annual temperature was about 10.3 °C in the years after 1980 and about 12.0 °C in the last years before 2018. So in less than 39 years it has increased by about 1.8 °C. This trend only applies to the selected 2 weather stations in Switzerland. A considerably more comprehensive evaluation of the global warming has been provided separately.

Long-term development of temperatures in Switzerland