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Record set as mercury plunges to minus 31

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Record set as mercury plunges to minus 31
The lowest temperatures were recorded in Glattalp in the canton of Schwyz, central Switzerland. File photo: vasile23
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If you felt chillier than usual in Switzerland last night you weren't imagining it — Tuesday night was in fact the coldest night so far this year with temperatures sinking as low as minus 31 degrees in parts of the country.

After a slow start, winter finally seems to have taken hold, with record low Swiss temperatures recorded for 2014.

The lowest readings were recorded in Glattalp in the canton of Schwyz, central Switzerland, where the thermometer plummeted to minus 31 degrees, according to MeteoNews.

In the Ofen Pass in the easternmost canton of Graubünden temperatures sunk as low as  minus 24 and minus 23.5 in the canton’s town of Samedan.

Meanwhile, in Ulrichen in the south-western canton of Valais, temperatures reached  minus 21.8 and minus 19.4 in Andermatt in the central canton of Uri.

On Wednesday morning, Geneva, which escaped the severe cold, experienced its first snowfall of the year.

But ski lovers shouldn’t get too excited. 

According to Météo Suisse meteorologist Olivier Codeluppi, the snow was not set to last longer than 30 to 45 minutes, the Tribune de Genève reported. 

Sporadic snowfall is predicted for the next few days and rain is expected on Saturday, Codeluppi said.  

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