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Swiss Alps Climate & Weather

The Swiss Alps experiences a largely varied climate, depending on the elevation and altitude of different regions, especially due to the glaciers. The Alps are split into five climate zones, each with their own distinct character: the Névé zone is located in the region above 9,842 feet (3,000m) and is the coldest; the alpine zone lies between the height of 6,561 and 9,842 feet (2,000 and 3,000 m) and is slightly warmer than the Névé zone.

Below this is the subalpine zone which is warmer; below this is the arable zone which is even warmer and is a popular farming area and below this is the lowlands where many villages are located. In the resort area of St Moritz, average daytime temperatures during the summer months average between 46°F and 52°F (8C and 11°C) while the average temperature during the winter is 25°F (-7°C) during the day.

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