Austrian Alps Climate and Weather

Although cold, the high alpine resorts are usually much sunnier in winter than below in the valleys where fog and cloud persist, but in summer (June to August) the Alps may become cloudy during the hotter part of the day. In autumn and spring, some alpine valleys, particularly those running from south to north, experience the warm and very dry wind known as the , which can quickly melt snow and trigger off avalanches on the mountain slopes.

Austrian Alps