Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Switzerland seeing driest year in decades

Share this article

14:16 CET+01:00

Summer rainstorms are already a forgotten memory in swathes of western Switzerland that are experiencing the driest weather conditions since 1921.

The near absence of rain in November has raised the spectre of drought in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

According to MeteoSwiss, the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology, river levels are at a historically lob ebb, while rainfall levels in some areas are way below average for the time of year.

In the last 150 years, only 1921 saw drier weather for the period from January to October. The hardest hit regions are Cossonay and Payerne in canton Vaud, and Sierre in canton Valais, while the rain is also steering clear of the Central Plateau.

Heavy rainfall in July did not compensate for the dry spring and the lack of rain in the autumn. And With an area of high pressure expected to remain over the south-west of Switzerland, there is no immediate sign of damper days ahead.

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

From our sponsors

Change the world with a master's degree from Sweden's Linköping University

Master's students at world-leading Linköping University (LiU) aren't there simply to study. They solve real-world problems alongside experts in fields that can create a better tomorrow. Do you have what it takes to join them?

Advertisement