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Average Weather in Meiringen Switzerland

In Meiringen, the summers are cool and wet, the winters are freezing and snowy, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 18°F to 67°F and is rarely below 9°F or above 76°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Meiringen for warm-weather activities is from early July to mid August.

Temperature

The warm season lasts for 3.3 months, from June 1 to September 10, with an average daily high temperature above 59°F. The hottest day of the year is August 4, with an average high of 67°F and low of 49°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 19 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 36°F. The coldest day of the year is January 12, with an average low of 18°F and high of 28°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

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

Average Hourly Temperature in MeiringenJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMfreezingfreezingvery coldvery coldcoldcoolcomfortable
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Valdez, Alaska, United States (4,855 miles away); Whistler, Canada (5,144 miles); and Haines, Alaska, United States (4,836 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Meiringen (view comparison).

Clouds

In Meiringen, 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 Meiringen begins around June 21 and lasts for 3.0 months, ending around September 20. On July 24, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 61% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 39% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around September 20 and lasts for 9.0 months, ending around June 21. On May 8, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 62% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 38% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in MeiringenclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jul 2461%Jul 2461%May 838%May 838%Jun 2149%Jun 2149%Sep 2050%Sep 2050%clearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Meiringen varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 3.8 months, from April 30 to August 23, with a greater than 38% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 48% on June 12.

The drier season lasts 8.2 months, from August 23 to April 30. The smallest chance of a wet day is 27% on March 5.

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 in Meiringen changes throughout the year.

Rain alone is the most common for 8.4 months, from March 10 to November 22. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 48% on June 12.

Snow alone is the most common for 3.5 months, from November 22 to March 10. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 22% on January 9.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in MeiringensnowrainsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jun 1248%Jun 1248%Mar 527%Mar 527%Nov 2231%Nov 2231%Jan 133%Jan 133%Apr 3038%Apr 3038%Aug 2338%Aug 2338%snowrainmixed
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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. Meiringen experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 11 months, from January 27 to January 10, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 7, with an average total accumulation of 4.8 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.5 weeks, from January 10 to January 27. The least rain falls around January 15, with an average total accumulation of 0.5 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

Average Monthly Rainfall in MeiringenrainJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in1 in2 in3 in4 in5 in6 in7 in8 inJun 74.8 inJun 74.8 inJan 150.5 inJan 150.5 in
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

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. Meiringen experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from October 11 to May 15, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around December 27, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 2.0 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from May 15 to October 11. The least snow falls around August 5, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in MeiringensnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in1 in2 in3 in4 in5 inDec 272.0 inDec 272.0 inAug 50.0 inAug 50.0 inOct 110.1 inOct 110.1 inMay 150.1 inMay 150.1 in
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Meiringen varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, 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 number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:32 AM on June 16, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 39 minutes later at 8:12 AM on January 1. The earliest sunset is at 4:39 PM on December 11, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 46 minutes later at 9:25 PM on June 26.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Meiringen during 2017, starting in the spring on March 26, lasting 7.1 months, and ending in the fall on October 29.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in MeiringenJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 165:32 AMJun 165:32 AM9:25 PMJun 269:25 PMJun 26Dec 114:39 PMDec 114:39 PM8:12 AMJan 18:12 AMJan 1Mar 26DSTMar 26DSTDSTOct 29DSTOct 29daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The perceived humidity level in Meiringen, 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

Humidity Comfort Levels in MeiringenJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jan 210%Jan 210%Jul 100%Jul 100%comfortablecomfortabledrydryhumidhumid
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Meiringen experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from October 18 to May 3, with average wind speeds of more than 4.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.3 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.5 months, from May 3 to October 18. The calmest day of the year is August 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.0 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in MeiringenwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mphJan 265.3 mphJan 265.3 mphAug 104.0 mphAug 104.0 mphOct 184.7 mphOct 184.7 mphMay 34.7 mphMay 34.7 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Meiringen varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 3.7 months, from May 19 to September 11, with a peak percentage of 40% on July 5. The wind is most often from the south for 8.3 months, from September 11 to May 19, with a peak percentage of 49% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in MeiringenSWSJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsouthnortheast
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Meiringen 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 Meiringen for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of August.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Meiringenbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.55.50.00.0precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 Meiringen for hot-weather activities is from mid July to early August, with a peak score in the last week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in MeiringenJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468101.51.50.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in Meiringen typically lasts for 4.7 months (144 days), from around May 15 to around October 7, rarely starting before April 23 or after June 7, and rarely ending before September 15 or after October 26.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Meiringengrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%May 1550%May 1550%Oct 750%Oct 750%Jun 790%Jun 790%Sep 1590%Sep 1590%Apr 2310%Apr 2310%Oct 2610%Oct 2610%0%Dec 90%Dec 9Jul 29100%Jul 29100%frigidfreezingvery coldcoldcool
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Meiringen should appear around May 30, only rarely appearing before May 19 or after June 17.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in MeiringenJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F100°F200°F300°F400°F500°F600°F700°F800°F900°FMay 3090°FMay 3090°FDec 31799°FDec 31799°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

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 3.4 months, from May 5 to August 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 1, with an average of 6.8 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from October 29 to February 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 1.4 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in MeiringenbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJul 16.8 kWhJul 16.8 kWhDec 211.4 kWhDec 211.4 kWhMay 55.7 kWhMay 55.7 kWhAug 185.7 kWhAug 185.7 kWhOct 292.5 kWhOct 292.5 kWhFeb 92.5 kWhFeb 92.5 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Meiringen are 46.727 deg latitude, 8.187 deg longitude, and 3,993 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Meiringen contains extreme variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 3,799 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,139 feet. Within 10 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (11,188 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (14,137 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Meiringen is covered by trees (58%), grassland (23%), and cropland (11%), within 10 miles by grassland (33%) and trees (26%), and within 50 miles by trees (31%) and grassland (23%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Meiringen, 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 Meiringen.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Meiringen 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 Meiringen is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Meiringen and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Interlaken Airport (49%, 6 kilometers, west); Buochs Airport (34%, 31 kilometers, northeast); and Locarno Airport (17%, 82 kilometers, southeast).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.