Climate of Switzerland
The climate of Switzerland is influenced by the Atlantic Ocean. Thewesterly winds transport the sea air to Switzerland and are responsible forthe precipitation levels in the country. In addition, the cold and dry northernwind can make temperatures drop very quickly, but also contributes to theoften clear skies. The Alps act as a climate barrier: Southern Switzerland,which is mainly influenced by the Mediterranean Sea, is characterized by amuch milder climate than Northern Switzerland. The mountainouscharacter of Switzerland is also responsible for spectacular differences inthe weather among different regions. It is common to move from a cold andcloudy landscape to a beautiful clear blue sky in just a few minutes.
North and East (Basel, Luzern, St. Gallen, Zurich)
The climate in the North is moderate. Winters are cold, while summers tendto be warm and sunny. Of course, temperatures drop in the mountainousareas of Eastern Switzerland, and several mountain passes are closedduring winter because of the snow.
West (Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel)