Average Sunshine in Switzerland for May





The tables below give May 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 May sunshine
Hours Place %
170 Evolène 46
197 Geneva (Genève) 45
149 Great St. Bernard Pass 38
159 La Chaux-de-Fonds 37
201 Lausanne 48
196 Montana 48
185 Neuchâtel (Neuenburg) 43
197 Nyon 45
192 Payerne 43
219 Sion (Sitten) 53
156 Zermatt 55

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 May
Hours Place %
175 Aarau 41
151 Adelboden 42
176 Basel 39
182 Bern (Bären) 42
145 Engelberg 41
176 Interlaken 43
161 Jungfraujoch 37
161 Lucerne (Luzern) 37
167 Säntis 37
175 Schaffhausen 43
177 St. Gallen 40
187 Wädenswil 42
186 Zürich 41

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 May sun
Hours Place %
159 Arosa 43
169 Chur 48
151 Davos 44
143 Disentis / Sedrun 38
152 Glarus 44
193 Locarno 47
187 Lugano 48
177 Piz Corvatsch 38
158 Samedan 46
125 San Bernardino 39
173 Scuol 44
158 Weissfluhjoch 36
Reference

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

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