IN PICS: Why autumn is the best time to be in Switzerland

Summer's over and it's too early for ski season, but for some people autumn is the best time to be in Switzerland. And judging by these Instagram photos, they're not wrong.

IN PICS: Why autumn is the best time to be in Switzerland
Photo: Jan Geerk/Swiss Tourism

Here are a few of our favourite Instagram shots showing Switzerland in all its autumn glory.

If you're out and about taking photos in Switzerland, tag us on Instagram @thelocalswitzerland for a repost.

Golden reflections. 

Mist makes for moody scenes.

Vivid blue skies and turning leaves create stunning photos in the Valais.

The canton of Graubuenden has some fabulous scenery. 

The Moiry glacier in the Valais is particularly photogenic in autumn.

With the recent mild weather, it's still a fantastic time for hiking.


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The Matterhorn near Zermatt looks amazing in all seasons, but we particularly love its autumn colours. 

The cows are still in the alpine pastures in some places, benefiting from the Indian summer.

It's certainly hard not to feel happy on a train ride like this one over the Bernina pass.

The beautiful Engadin in Graubuenden.



Spain’s autumn forecast: warmer and drier than usual

Autumn in Spain this year looks set to be drier and warmer than is typical for the season, according to predictions from the National Meteorological Agency Aemet.

Spain's autumn forecast: warmer and drier than usual
Clearing up fallen leaves in Madrid. File photo: AFP

The season officially arrived on Tuesday September 22nd at 3:31pm with the autumn equinox and will last until the winter solstice on December 21st.




So as the first rain of the season arrives  in parts of the peninsula this week, Aemet looks ahead at what’s in store for the next 89 days and 20 hours of autumn.

Based on modelling and probability data, Aemet suggests that temperatures will once again be slighter higher than average for the last quarter of the year across the whole of the peninsula and the Balearic Islands experiencing an average temperature rise of 0.6C.

After a summer that was recorded as the ninth hottest on record, it seems we are heading for an autumn with less rainfall than is typical this time of year, apart from the Canary Islands where an increase in rainfall is expected.

In some parts of Spain summer will be brought to an abrupt close this week with the arrival of storms, high winds and torrential rain especially along the northern coast and northeast of the country.

Other parts of Spain however, notably the southern half of the peninsula will be enjoyingwhat the Spanish call a “veranillo de San Miguel” – when the warmer weather continues beyond the feast day of Saint Michael on September 29th.

This year some predict that we won’t be needing to pull out the long trousers and jumpers (that’s long pants and sweaters for American readers) until at least the first week of October.