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.

"/> 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.

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Heat wave scorches Switzerland

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.

Heat wave scorches Switzerland
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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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It has been hot in much of Switzerland over the last few days, with temperatures exceeding 30 degrees in some parts of the country.  But this is just a ‘foretaste’ of what lies ahead.

While this week is expected to be a bit cooler — more seasonal lower 20s —forecasts for the summer months call for even more intense heat.

“It will be hotter than usual,” according to Thomas Buchel, head of SRF Meteo.

“New heat records are very likely. It would be surprising if it went in another direction”, he said.

While it is too early now to predict just how hot it will get, the temperatures in certain Swiss regions “could hit 40 degrees”, Buchel pointed out.

This is close to this century’s previous “hottest” summer on record — 41.5 degrees measured in Grono, Graubünden 2003.

Another meteorologist, Joshua Gehring from the official weather service MeteoSwiss, said hotter weather “is a direct consequence of climate change”.

Specifically, a phenomenon called “heat dome” is hovering over Europe. It is, according to Gehring, “a stagnant anticyclone that acts as a lid to accumulate and retain heat”.

READ MORE: Heatwave: Why is it so hot in Switzerland right now?

But the environment is not the only one that is “suffering”, as it were, from this phenomenon.

According to 20 Minutes, “nearly 400 million francs are lost each year in Switzerland due to the heatwave and the drop in productivity that it causes in companies. That’s twice as much as the seasonal flu”.

“What is ideal for swimming or barbecuing cripples the economy. When working outdoors, performance drops quickly at such high temperatures”.

The Federal Office of Meteorology (MeteoSwiss) confirmed the dangers of extremely high temperatures on humans and nature alike.

“Periods of hot weather place extreme stress on the human body and can endanger health. Among other things, they can trigger cardiovascular and respiratory conditions and impair mental and physical performance”, MeteoSwiss writes.

“A hot spell can also have adverse effects on nature and infrastructure. For example, bodies of water often heat up considerably, causing fish to die, while high temperatures can lead to buckling of road surfaces and deformation of railway tracks”.

READ MORE: EXPLAINED: How the climate crisis is hitting Europe hard

So if you are a summer enthusiast and thrive in hot weather, you can look forward to sizzling temps.

But f you are more of a “cold” person, this article from April of this year may bring back fond memories:

Winter weather to continue in Switzerland this week

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