Spring in Switzerland: Warmer weather on the way

Spring doesn’t officially start until March 20th, but Swiss meteorologists are forecasting higher, double-digit temperatures in the coming days.

People sit along the water in Basel. Photo by David Norman on Unsplash
People sit along the water in Basel. Photo by David Norman on Unsplash

Many parts of the country have already been enjoying a taste of springtime, even in some of the chillier regions of Switzerland. 

Temperatures of between 12 and 14 are expected in the coming days, followed by warmer weather close to the weekend. 

“In certain regions, temperatures will even reach 18 degrees this week,” according to Michael Eichmann from Meteonews weather service.

On Thursday, Friday and over the weekend, mostly sunny and mild weather will continue, and rain is not expected, he added.

Eichmann said however that people should not pack their jackets away just yet. 

“The models that we use only predict the weather exactly for seven days. So it would be possible that there would still be a cold snap,” Eichmann told Swiss tabloid Blick. 

However, this forecast may not be good news for people who suffer from hay fever and other seasonal allergies.

That’s because “the vegetation now grows much earlier than it did a few decades ago”,  Eichmann said. 

“As a result, pollen and other allergens will be in the air early as well”. 

More information on the weather and forecasts all across the country can be found on MeteoSwiss, the government weather service. 

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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.