Average Sunshine a Year in Switzerland





The tables below give yearly averages for the number of sunny hours and the percentage of time between sunrise and sunset that the sun shines at cities, resorts and mountains across Switzerland.

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

The annual totals are averages of weather data collected during 1981 to 2010.

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) are the mountain resort towns of Zermatt and Montana.

Total annual sunshine
Hours Place %
1795 Evolène 53
1828 Geneva (Genève) 44
1571 Great St. Bernard Pass 47
1710 La Chaux-de-Fonds 42
1872 Lausanne 46
2143 Montana 54
1641 Neuchâtel (Neuenburg) 39
1844 Nyon 45
1719 Payerne 41
2094 Sion (Sitten) 58
1685 Zermatt 62

Central & Northern Switzerland

While most places on this list are below 1000 metres (3280 feet) elevation, there are two mountain peaks. Säntis, near Schwägalp, at 2502 metres (8209 feet) elevation is the highest point in the Appenzell Alps. Even higher is the weather station at 3580 metres (11,745 feet), above Jungfraujoch pass of the Bernese Alps.

Average amount of sunshine yearly
Hours Place %
1466 Aarau 37
1545 Adelboden 48
1637 Basel 38
1682 Bern (Bären) 42
1350 Engelberg 44
1570 Interlaken 47
1832 Jungfraujoch 46
1424 Lucerne (Luzern) 35
1809 Säntis 41
1448 Schaffhausen 38
1535 St. Gallen 38
1595 Wädenswil 39
1566 Zürich 37

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).

Annual average sun
Hours Place %
1676 Arosa 48
1693 Chur 52
1696 Davos 49
1557 Disentis / Sedrun 45
1274 Glarus 46
2171 Locarno 56
2069 Lugano 55
2064 Piz Corvatsch 48
1733 Samedan 53
1504 San Bernardino 49
1779 Scuol 51
1782 Weissfluhjoch 42
Reference

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

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