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Old 07.09.2006, 14:32
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How is in general the weather in Switzerland?

Hello.
Maybe will sound silly to you but can you tell how is the climate in there ?
Any stories, unpleasent or pleasant to tell?
Should I be warn by something?
thanks.
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Old 07.09.2006, 14:55
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Re: How is in general the weather in Switzerland?

in switzerland it very depends on where you are. you said your interested in living in basel. well.

in basel the winter is not too cold, i'd say around 5-10C. But there are weeks when you have constantly less than 0C, other weeks you have around 12C... the weather is not that foggy like around zurich and lucern. this is about the mhlin-jet, a wind that blows all the fog and clouds away. so counted on sunny days the weather in basel is better than in tessin (lugano).
till the summer the temperatures are going up to 25-30C or, like this summer to 35. the weather is okay i think, but it's not the same like in australia. we have some rainy days / weeks and thunderstorms in the evenings...
spring and autumn is around 10-20C and very changeful. rain, sun, thunderstorms...

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Re: How is in general the weather in Switzerland?

Of course it helps I know what to pack up.
You have gentle winter and reasonable temperatures in the summer .
(Here we have till -12 degrees even less on winter and in the last years more than +35 degrees in the summer with high humidity many times of seasons, especially in the west side of the country, in Timisoara)
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Re: How is in general the weather in Switzerland?

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Hello.
Maybe will sound silly to you but can you tell how is the climate in there ?
Any stories, unpleasent or pleasant to tell?
Should I be warn by something?
thanks.
Be aware that people from all over the world might give different answers to this question UK/Ireland: great weather. Australia: Summer is too short, winter is too long
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Re: How is in general the weather in Switzerland?

Hi there,

I just joined this page, and am glad to jump right in :-) The weather in Switzerland is something most Swiss (and others) spend quite a bit of time chatting about, and I am about to do the same thing. I guess because as the old clich represents, it is the one thing everyone has in common.

In my experience the weather varies a great deal here. It can change temperature by 15 degrees within one day. Especially if there rain in the forecast. I have seen days where it goes from 20 degrees to 5 degrees in a matter of 24 hours. I think the one thing I can say about the weather here is if you like diversity, this is the place for you.

Because it is such a small country, if you don't like the weather you can usually mange to drive for a couple of hours and find something new. Especially if you cross the Alps. I have been on the south side of the Gotthard (tunnel which separates the German speaking side from the Italian speaking side) where on one side it was clear skies with about 10 degrees and on the other it was snowing like crazy. Also, in the winter, parts of Switzerland "suffers" what is called "hoch Nebel" or high fog. This is a fog that sits at about 500 meters, give or take, for weeks, making things rather dreary. The good news is that you can escape to the mountains and find the most beautiful sunshine, even in the deepest winter.

As I said, Switzerland covers the spectrum of weather possibilities. Here you can never be quite sure what will happen in the next couple of days. I guess it is just one of the "problems" or "benefits" of living so close to one of the most amazing mountain range is the world.

Hope this helps.

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