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Switzerland weather: Snow and rain forecast in various regions

After a relatively warm and sunny weather in the past weeks, many Swiss areas will now experience colder temperatures and precipitation.

The shape of things to come: Snow is predicted this week in Switzerland.
Workers clearing the snow off roofs in mountain areas. Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP

We knew it would come sooner or later, and we were right: the summer-like weather that most of Switzerland enjoyed throughout much of September and the first days of October is now officially over, according to meteorologists.

Depending on where you are, you might be hit by waves of rain or even snow this week. 

From Monday and until the end of the week, temperatures will drop into the single-digit range in the mornings, rising only slightly in the afternoon.

It will rain sporadically throughout most of the country, but the heaviest and most continuous rainfall is predicted for Ticino, where a total of 150 to 250 millimetres of rain will be dumped.

It will be wet in Ticino this week. Photo by Todd Diemer on Unsplash

By the middle of the week, the snow line will drop from high Alpine areas to 1,300 metres, although snowflakes at lower altitudes are not excluded.

On the weekend, sun should again peek through the clouds, at least in some places.

However, temperatures of 20 degrees or more experienced in the last weeks are now a thing of the past. They will raise to a maximum of 14 to 16 degrees.

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Winter weather to continue in Switzerland this week

Despite the sunshine of late March, winter has made a comeback in Switzerland. Here’s is what’s ahead this week.

Winter weather to continue in Switzerland this week

Swiss residents going through the latter stages of March, with its sunny skies and ‘Sahara dust’ would have been forgiven for thinking the time was right to put the winter jacket away. 

However, winter-like weather is back in Switzerland, having swept across the country as March turned into April. 

Around 50cm of snow fell on parts of Switzerland over the past few days, bringing with it unseasonably cold temperatures to wipe out the springlike weather of late March.

READ MORE: Everything that changes in Switzerland in April 2022

Swiss meteorological service MeteoNews reported that the snowfall brought welcome relief, particularly in central and lower Valais, in parts of Ticino and in most of Graubünden, cutting the risks of forest fires. 

This week temperatures are expected to rise but only slightly, with MeteoNews forecasting between 7 and 10 degrees and rain through Tuesday.

Wednesday should be sunny and about 13 degrees, followed by changeable and windy weather in the second half of the week.

After that, temperatures should continue to increase, with 20 degrees forecast for much of the country from mid-April onwards. 

It is too early to forecast with certainty what the weather will be like over Easter, but we will keep you posted!

You can follow the forecast for your area here.

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