Average Sunshine in Switzerland for October





The tables below give October 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 October sunshine
Hours Place %
144 Evolène 60
117 Geneva (Genève) 38
125 Great St. Bernard Pass 47
131 La Chaux-de-Fonds 43
128 Lausanne 42
172 Montana 55
99 Neuchâtel (Neuenburg) 31
122 Nyon 39
107 Payerne 34
158 Sion (Sitten) 58
136 Zermatt 64

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 October
Hours Place %
85 Aarau 29
121 Adelboden 53
113 Basel 35
113 Bern (Bären) 39
114 Engelberg 48
104 Interlaken 51
147 Jungfraujoch 53
97 Lucerne (Luzern) 33
169 Säntis 51
85 Schaffhausen 30
100 St. Gallen 34
104 Wädenswil 34
93 Zürich 29

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 October sun
Hours Place %
142 Arosa 55
135 Chur 55
149 Davos 55
120 Disentis / Sedrun 50
86 Glarus 51
151 Locarno 52
140 Lugano 47
179 Piz Corvatsch 56
140 Samedan 58
114 San Bernardino 50
144 Scuol 56
163 Weissfluhjoch 51
Reference

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

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