Average Weather in Sottens Switzerland
In Sottens, the summers are comfortable, the winters are very cold, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 27°F to 74°F and is rarely below 18°F or above 84°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Sottens for warm-weather activities is from late June to late August.
The warm season lasts for 3.2 months, from June 4 to September 10, with an average daily high temperature above 66°F. The hottest day of the year is August 4, with an average high of 74°F and low of 57°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 17 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 43°F. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of 27°F and high of 35°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
In Sottens, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Sottens begins around June 18 and lasts for 3.0 months, ending around September 18. On July 23, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 65% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 35% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around September 18 and lasts for 9.0 months, ending around June 18. On November 24, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 60% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 40% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Sottens varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 2.4 months, from April 30 to July 12, with a greater than 35% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 44% on May 26.
The drier season lasts 9.6 months, from July 12 to April 30. The smallest chance of a wet day is 27% on March 3.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 44% on May 26.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Sottens experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Sottens. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 31, with an average total accumulation of 3.9 inches.
The least rain falls around February 22, with an average total accumulation of 2.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Sottens experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from November 8 to March 17, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 15, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.5 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.7 months, from March 17 to November 8. The least snow falls around July 28, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Sottens varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 33 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 51 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:38 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 39 minutes later at 8:17 AM on January 1. The earliest sunset is at 4:45 PM on December 11, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 46 minutes later at 9:30 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Sottens during 2018, starting in the spring on March 25, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 28.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The perceived humidity level in Sottens, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Sottens experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.2 months, from November 21 to April 28, with average wind speeds of more than 6.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 14, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.8 months, from April 28 to November 21. The calmest day of the year is August 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.6 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Sottens varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 5.6 months, from April 5 to September 22, with a peak percentage of 42% on July 5. The wind is most often from the south for 6.4 months, from September 22 to April 5, with a peak percentage of 50% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Sottens throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Sottens for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the first week of August.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Sottens for hot-weather activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
The growing season in Sottens typically lasts for 6.8 months (206 days), from around April 9 to around November 1, rarely starting before March 21 or after April 29, and rarely ending before October 12 or after November 24.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Sottens should appear around April 29, only rarely appearing before April 16 or after May 15.
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from May 12 to August 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 6, with an average of 7.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from October 28 to February 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.4 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 1.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Sottens are 46.655 deg latitude, 6.742 deg longitude, and 2,402 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Sottens contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,086 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,451 feet. Within 10 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,742 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (11,847 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Sottens is covered by cropland (72%) and trees (27%), within 10 miles by cropland (69%) and trees (23%), and within 50 miles by trees (38%) and cropland (24%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Sottens, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Sottens.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Sottens according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Sottens is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Sottens and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Neuchatel (48%, 42 kilometers, north); Sion (27%, 66 kilometers, southeast); and Aéroport Genève-Cointrin (25%, 67 kilometers, southwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .