Average Annual Precipitation for Switzerland

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The tables below give yearly averages for rainfall plus snowfall at cities, resorts and mountains in Switzerland. Each place has a total for how many days of wet weather it usually gets a year and for the normal amount of precipitation.

The calculation of days only includes the days when precipitation totalled at least one millimetre (0.04 inches). The annual amount of precipitation is an average of weather data collected during 1981 to 2010.

You can jump to a separate table for each part of the country: Eastern, Western, Central and Northern Switzerland.

Western Switzerland

This section covers the mainly French speaking portion of Switzerland. It includes the area around Lake Geneva and the cantons of Fribourg, Geneva, Jura, Neuchâtel, Valais and Vaud.

Some of the weather stations are at high elevations in the Valais (or Pennine) Alps of southwestern Switzerland. Great St. Bernard Pass (Col du Grand St-Bernard) is the highest point on this list at 2472 metres (8110 feet). Also above 1400 metres (or 4600 feet) is the mountain resort town of Zermatt.

Average yearly precipitation
Days Place Inches Millimetres
127 Biel / Bienne   46.7 1187
106 Evolène   29.0   736
127 Fribourg   42.3 1075
109 Geneva (Genève)   39.6 1005
  91 Grächen   25.7   653
159 Great St. Bernard Pass   93.2 2368
150 La Chaux-de-Fonds   56.7 1441
120 Lausanne   45.4 1153
120 Neuchâtel (Neuenburg)   38.5   978
113 Nyon   39.3   999
114 Payerne   35.1   891
  82 Sion (Sitten)   23.8   603
  89 Zermatt   25.1   639

Central & Northern Switzerland

Most places on this list are below 1000 metres (3280 feet) elevation where the weather is relatively mild. Somewhat snowier are the ski resort villages of Adelboden in the Bernese Oberland and Engelberg in Obwalden canton.

The site here with the most extreme precipitation is the mountain peak Säntis, near Schwägalp. At 2502 metres (8209 feet) elevation it's the highest point in the Appenzell Alps.

Annual averages for rainfall plus snowfall
Days Place Inches Millimetres
130 Aarau   42.4 1076
144 Adelboden   52.7 1338
120 Basel   33.2   842
124 Bern (Bären)   41.7 1059
154 Engelberg   61.4 1559
129 Interlaken   47.1 1196
132 Lucerne (Luzern)   46.2 1173
170 Säntis 111.7 2837
123 Schaffhausen   35.7   907
141 St. Gallen   52.1 1324
139 Wädenswil   54.7 1390
125 Zürich   41.2 1048

Eastern Switzerland

This list includes two low-elevation cities, Locarno and Lugano, in the canton of Ticino of south-east Switzerland.

Several places here in the canton of Graubünden are mountain resort towns, including Davos, Scuol and Samedan, which sit above 1500 metres (4921 feet) elevation.

There are also two mountains of the Central Eastern Alps. On Weissfluhjoch, a peak in the Plessur Range above Davos, weather is reported from just below the summit, at 2690 metres (8825 feet) elevation. On Piz Corvatsch, near Silvaplana in the Bernina Range, the weather is measured at 3305 metres (10,843 feet).

Average amount of rain and snow a year
Days Place Inches Millimetres
146 Arosa   53.7 1365
105 Chur   33.4   849
125 Davos   40.2 1022
119 Disentis / Sedrun   43.3 1101
144 Glarus   59.3 1507
  99 Locarno   74.7 1897
  98 Lugano   61.4 1559
118 Piz Corvatsch   35.4   900
  89 Samedan   28.1   713
120 San Bernardino   63.8 1622
  93 Scuol   27.8   706
148 Weissfluhjoch   55.6 1411
Reference

MeteoSwiss. Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA. Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology. Swiss Climate. Norm values tables.

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