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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9,000 lightning bolts: Heavy storms sweep across Switzerland

Hurricane-like gusts have swept across much of Switzerland on Sunday and Monday. Weather experts have counted at least 9,000 lightning bolts striking since Sunday.

9,000 lightning bolts: Heavy storms sweep across Switzerland

As of Monday morning however, the storms have largely receded in most of the country. 

Swiss weather service Meteonews said the canton of Bern was the heaviest hit, with 2,500 lightning strikes. 

Around 850 were recorded in Uri, followed by Fribourg, Vaud and St Gallen. 

Winds of 111km/h were recorded on the Weissfluhjoch summit, while wind speeds of 85km/h were recorded in Meiringen and Sitten. 

Monday will experience some winds, but will largely be sunny. 

Temperatures of 24C degrees are predicted in the north of the country, while heights of 30C are predicted for the centre and south.  

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