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Temperature On the Mountain Top

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Temperature On the Mountain Top

We shall be staying in Zermatt next week but finding the temperatures are in big difference.

May we know what is the temperature on the mountain top?


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1. Re: Temperature On the Mountain Top

You should expect it to be pretty cold at the tops of the mountains. I have been many times to Switzerland in the height of summer, and it's always cold at the tops. The coldest is generally Kleine Matterhorn where I've been grateful for a hat, scarf and gloves in July!

Generally you should dress in layers, which allows you to adapt to the various altitudes you will experience in a day. A warm fleece is important, as is a waterproof outer coat as this offers protection against cold winds as well as rain. Gloves are a good idea too if you want to be outside for a long time taking lots of photos.

Hope that helps, enjoy your trip

Anchorage, Alaska
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2. Re: Temperature On the Mountain Top

Hi, you can use this link to see the weather


-7C at the Klein Matterhorn! Dress for a temperature quite a bit colder than the village!

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3. Re: Temperature On the Mountain Top

At the moment temperatures are going up and down. It is May and it is usually like this ("Saints de Glace!!")

As a very rough rule of thumb you drop a degree C for every 500m you go up. So if it is 10C in Zermatt it will be about 4C at the Klein Matterhorn BUT a lot of how it feels depends on whether there is sun, wind etc. But if you expect at least to feel 10° colder it will be about right!

Leysin, Switzerland
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4. Re: Temperature On the Mountain Top

The actual rule of thumb is 1 °C per 100 m or, more technically, the dry adiabatic lapse rate is 9.8 °C per 1,000 m,.

it is 14° C in Zermatt now and it is -3° C at Klein Matterhorn which is pretty much exactly what lapse rate tells you it will be.

That's dry air on a clear day, for saturated air, ie cloudy day, the lapse rate is 2 °C per 100 m. None of which 100% reliable in somewhere like Zermatt where a sunny top is often warmer than a shady valley particularly in the morning.

Singapore, Singapore
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5. Re: Temperature On the Mountain Top

So many advises.

Thanks a lot!

West Linton, United...
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6. Re: Temperature On the Mountain Top

Swissmountainleader is spot on with his description of the Adiabatic Lapse Rate but remember also that the village is sheltered and Klein Matterhorn can be windy. Wind Chill has a bigger effect on the human body than temperature alone would suggest. Having said that, the temperature up there can also be quite warm, and teeshirt weather can occur! As others have said, dress in layers, with enough to cope with sub zero temperatures. If you walk any distance, carry your extra clothes with you as the weather can change suddenly.

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7. Re: Temperature On the Mountain Top

Right - you can have tee shirt weather at very high altitude even in winter!

But today is something else!! The zero degree limit was forecast last night on the RTS news to be dropping to around 2200m today and maybe lower.

In Martigny this morning it is 11C. Was 16C at the same time yesterday and 19C the day before...

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