You can feel it in the air, there has been a distinct change in atmosphere today, Autumn is coming. We are still going to get plenty of warm sunny days, but the early mornings are now chilly and damp, and sunlight is now gone by 9pm.
So what can you expect from the weather in St.Gallen? Last Winter was fairly unique. we had snow for roughly 6 months from October 31 until well into April. St.Gallen also has the reputation among the Swiss for being a very wet city allegedly seeing rain or snow for 2 out of every 3 days. This seems a little extreme to me, but it is definitely a little wetter than other places. The meteorologists out there may be able to explain the connection with lake Konstanz for me…
From my point of view, coming from a wet and windy island in the North, St.Gallen has amazing weather. There are normally 2 months of solid sunshine in the Summer and regular temperatures of 25-30 degrees. In the Winter, you are guaranteed real snow for at least 2 months from Jan-Feb. Snow that you can actually ski or sledge on without getting a brown bum.
The coldest I have seen it is -20 degrees, but this was unusual and normally only happens once or twice in the middle of the night. For the most part the winter goes no lower than about -5.
Spring and Autumn has its fair share of rain and 10 degree days, but compared to the UK, these seasons are considerably shorter and drier.
The biggest advantage I see in St.Gallen is the lack of wind. We are protected by a narrow valley and wind chill factor is almost non-existent. Having lived in the north of England I know how much of a difference this makes. Autumn days are still extremely pleasant!