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Heat wave scorches Switzerland

28 Jun 2011, 09:50

Published: 28 Jun 2011 09:47 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Jun 2011 09:50 GMT+02:00

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Switzerland faced a scorcher on Tuesday, as a heat wave rolling north of the Alps brought blistering temperatures and sunny weather. But meteorologists are forecasting an end to the hot days and steamy nights later this week.

Monday was the hottest day of the year so far, as temperatures topped 34 degrees Celsius in Sion, Canton Valais. Temperatures far above the 30-degree mark were also registered in the rest of the country, including in Zurich, Basel and Geneva, according to weather service MeteoSwiss.

Tuesday is expected to be even hotter, after a "tropical night" when temperatures never dropped below 20 degrees.

A break from the heat and some rain are expected for Wednesday while the next weekend will see more pleasant temperatures above 23 degrees across most of Switzerland, MeteoSwiss said.

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