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Weather situation

Switzerland's climate is heavily influenced by the Alps and the Atlantic Ocean, and by the humid air masses from the Atlantic and dry air masses over the Euro-Asian continent.


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Depending on the position of the weather-determining high and low pressure areas, very different wind currents occur. Different weather situations arise from the interaction of wind direction, humidity and temperature.

Some of the weather situations occurring in the Alpine region have a distinct pattern to them. In terms of the flow conditions, wind tends to be of a certain strength, extent and duration. Depending on the wind direction, the influence of the Alps creates very specific weather situations with strong regional differences. At locations with low air pressure differences, very weak horizontal air movement is typically seen.