Average Sunshine in Switzerland for April





The tables below give April 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 month's 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 April sunshine
Hours Place %
150 Evolène 48
177 Geneva (Genève) 46
139 Great St. Bernard Pass 39
150 La Chaux-de-Fonds 40
179 Lausanne 47
180 Montana 49
165 Neuchâtel (Neuenburg) 43
177 Nyon 47
169 Payerne 43
197 Sion (Sitten) 55
145 Zermatt 57

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 sun in April
Hours Place %
152 Aarau 41
133 Adelboden 43
153 Basel 39
159 Bern (Bären) 42
133 Engelberg 43
151 Interlaken 44
156 Jungfraujoch 40
141 Lucerne (Luzern) 36
151 Säntis 38
147 Schaffhausen 42
152 St. Gallen 39
163 Wädenswil 42
159 Zürich 40

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 April sun
Hours Place %
141 Arosa 43
147 Chur 49
138 Davos 44
130 Disentis / Sedrun 38
124 Glarus 44
184 Locarno 49
171 Lugano 48
171 Piz Corvatsch 42
138 Samedan 47
120 San Bernardino 41
163 Scuol 48
141 Weissfluhjoch 38
Reference

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

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