Liechtenstein has a continental climate, i.e., the weather varies considerably over the course of the year. In the capital Vaduz, at 456 meters elevation, the average annual temperature was 11.1°C in the year 2015. The average precipitation has not changed appreciably in the last 20 years. In Vaduz, it is approximately 965 mm per year on average. Liechtenstein’s climate is directly connected to the topography of the Upper Rhine Valley and characterized by warm down slope winds.
- The temperature has experienced significant changes in the past years. The mean annual temperature has increased by 0.7°C between the reference period 1961-1990.
- Since the temperature recording started in 1871 the temperature had increased in Liechtenstein by 1.9°C.
- Trends in mean precipitation amounts and trends in daily maximum precipitation amounts are less pronounced.
- The mean annual precipitation amount has increased by 32 mm (+3.6%) between the reference period 1961-1990 (891 mm) and the reference period 1981-2010.