Average Sunshine in Switzerland for August





The tables below give August 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 August sunshine
Hours Place %
193 Evolène 57
237 Geneva (Genève) 58
198 Great St. Bernard Pass 52
200 La Chaux-de-Fonds 50
234 Lausanne 58
230 Montana 59
221 Neuchâtel (Neuenburg) 54
233 Nyon 57
227 Payerne 54
244 Sion (Sitten) 64
182 Zermatt 67

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 August
Hours Place %
199 Aarau 50
170 Adelboden 51
210 Basel 50
217 Bern (Bären) 53
152 Engelberg 46
193 Interlaken 52
196 Jungfraujoch 47
187 Lucerne (Luzern) 45
169 Säntis 40
195 Schaffhausen 51
199 St. Gallen 48
206 Wädenswil 49
208 Zürich 49

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 August sun
Hours Place %
181 Arosa 51
185 Chur 56
175 Davos 53
181 Disentis / Sedrun 49
155 Glarus 48
245 Locarno 62
241 Lugano 64
195 Piz Corvatsch 45
180 Samedan 57
159 San Bernardino 52
195 Scuol 53
168 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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