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Liechtenstein

Explore historical and projected climate data, climate data by sector, impacts, key vulnerabilities and what adaptation measures are being taken. Explore the overview for a general context of how climate change is affecting Liechtenstein.

Current Climate Climatology

This page presents Liechtenstein's climate context for the current climatology, 1991-2020, derived from observed, historical data. Information should be used to build a strong understanding of current climate conditions in order to appreciate future climate scenarios and projected change. You can visualize data for the current climatology through spatial variation, the seasonal cycle, or as a time series. Analysis is available for both annual and seasonal data. Data presentation defaults to national-scale aggregation, however sub-national data aggregations can be accessed by clicking within a country, on a sub-national unit.  Other historical climatologies can be selected from the Time Period dropdown list. Data for  specific coordinates can be downloaded for in the Data Download page.

Observed, historical data is produced by the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of University of East Anglia. Data is presented at a 0.5º x 0.5º (50km x 50km) resolution.

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Climate Data Historical

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. 

Temperature

  • 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.

Precipitation

  • 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.

 

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