An entire week of rain in Interlaken. Help needed.

An entire week of rain in Interlaken. Help needed.

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Jade02
Jade02
6 posts
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Jun 13, 2016 - 12:13 AM

Hey everyone,

I am reaching Interlaken early on 16th June and weather is looking mean everywhere for next 8 days. I go back on 23rd evening. I was so excited for the trip. I had plans to visit Lauterbrunnen valley, Grindelwald, do first flyer and trotti bike, Mount Titlis, Schilthorn, Zermatt, mount Rigi and few more things on my plate. But till 23rd shows rain and rain. What should I do ? Please help.

Thanks a lot.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2657 posts
expert
Jun 13, 2016 - 8:58 AM in reply to Jade02

Hi Jade-

Weather forecasts are notoriously unreliable, especially in mountain areas.

They really are only good for a few days in advance.

Also, if there is rain expected anywhere in an area, it has to be shown in a forecast. The weather in Switzerland varies quite a lot over small areas, due to the geography. So, often I go out on a day with a forecast for rain and find only clouds or even sunshine in the small area where I am going. Not always, of course.

The Meteocentrale weather site has a good map showing localized weather details in Switzerland. I don't know the site well, so I don't know about its forecasts, but they have a good reputation:

www.meteocentrale.ch/e n/europe/weather-switzerland/map/108/

If their forecasts , or any forecasts, show sun peeking out from the clouds, there is at least some hope for that day in that region.

Also, the Rhone Valley often is dry, and even sunny, when the rest of Switzerland is wet.

A train ride via Kandersteg, to Brig might prove to be clear enough, especially on the southern end, to be enjoyable. Go over the top via Kandersteg, on the local train "Lötschberger" not through the new lower fast and boring "basis tunnel."

Bern is a town whose appeal is not completely eliminated by bad weather:

Those thoughts cannot withstand a forecast that is, literally,

<<"weather is looking mean everywhere for next 8 days.">>

It can certainly be disappointing to go high up in the Alps and be inside a cloud.

Sometimes, there is a cloud deck, and the weather is tolerable, if not bright and sunny, beneath it.

So, for example:

www.myswissalps.com/fo rum/topic/3-rainy-days-in-lucenre-what-to-do

Also, for what it is worth, the forecast for 21.6 and 22.6 in Interlaken looks to be clear and sunny. Not that I trust it very much.

The Ticino -

This region south of the Alps often has weather completely different from the rest of Switzerlnd,because it is south of the Alps. You thus might consider a train ride to Locarno or Lugano. Both are attractive towns; Locarno is a bit more compact.

Slowpoke

Last modified on Jun 13, 2016 - 9:21 AM by Slowpoke
Arno
Arno
7727 posts
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Jun 13, 2016 - 9:59 AM

Indeed, do not trust the weather forecasts for 4+ days ahead of time. And if it does rain all day, you can still visit towns like Bern and Lucerne or go to other regions as explained above.

Please find the forecast, and how to interpret it, here: myswissalps.com/ weather/forecast.

Jade02
Jade02
6 posts
new member
Jun 13, 2016 - 2:58 PM in reply to Slowpoke

Thanks a lot Slowpoke & Arno.I really hope that weather doesn't act too bad. Thanks a lot for alternative suggestions Slowpoke.

weather is getting better in Interlaken area on 21.6 but that day I am leaving for Zermatt.

I hope I can make most of my trip.

Fingers crossed.

munichmaria
munichmaria
10 posts
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Jun 13, 2016 - 11:15 PM

I was two weeks in Kandersteg and Wengen last June/July. The forecast was rain every day but.....everyday we went out and the rain would clear higher up. Many days it was intermittently rainy but the sun would come out and we would still get a sunburn. Any day in the alps is better than a day at home - it's all in the attitude. Enjoy!!!!

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2657 posts
expert
Jun 14, 2016 - 12:24 AM in reply to Jade02

Hi Jade-

<<"weather is getting better in Interlaken area on 21.6 but that day I am leaving for Zermatt.">>

Perhaps you might find the weather would be better if you went to Zermatt earlier ( or not at all) and used the good days near the Jungfrau?

Slowpoke

Travelbug53
Travelbug53
38 posts
active member
Jun 14, 2016 - 4:46 AM

Hi Jade,

Please don't be discouraged. For the last two weeks, the forecast was for rain this week. However, we are in Pontresina right now, and we have enjoyed two glorious days of bright sunshine and clear skies. The weather forecast was right in the sense that it sprinkled a little, late in the evening on Sunday, and it rained for 1/2 an hour around 7 pm yesterday, but cleared up quickly. Switzerland is so breathtakingly beautiful rain or shine!

Last modified on Jun 14, 2016 - 4:47 AM by Travelbug53
Jade02
Jade02
6 posts
new member
Jun 14, 2016 - 11:52 AM

Thank you so much munichmaria, slowpoke and travelbug53.

All this makes me feel good now, finally. I am looking forward to my trip. I will definitely post how it went.

slowpoke : I already have hotel bookings for Zermatt for last 3 days, so it won't be possible to change the itinerary now.

Thanks a lot to each one of you once again. I am pumped up.

Slowpoke
Slowpoke
2657 posts
expert
Jun 14, 2016 - 3:02 PM in reply to Jade02

Hi Jade -

Good luck with the weather.

We used to always go in June....love the wild flowers in the alpine meadows. But, the flowers are growing because it does rain a lot.

Now, we aim for September for our longer trips. On average, drier. And, schools are back in session, reducing the number of travelers.

Hope that you and the rain are indifferent places when it does rain. ;-

Slowpoke

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