Spring breaks out in much of Switzerland

Spring-like conditions have settled into Switzerland with temperatures on Tuesday reaching up to 22.5 degrees in Geneva and Sion, the capital of the canton of Valais.

Spring breaks out in much of Switzerland
Photo: Lykaestria

Restaurant terraces did a brisk business as patrons took advantage of the warmer than average weather to soak in the sunshine.

MeteoNews reported highs climbed above 20 degrees in numerous cities north of the Alps under blue skies, including Basel, Zurich, Aarau and Schaffhausen.

This came a day after it hit 27 degrees in Lugano in the southern canton of Ticino, the second highest temperature ever recorded in that city in March.

On Monday, the mercury also rose to 26 degrees in Locarno, another city in Ticino.

The mildest weather so far this year is forecast to cool down a few degrees on Wednesday before warming up again on Thursday and Friday.

MeteoNews said while no records were broken for the month of March, it has never been so warm on March 18th in Geneva and Sion since the introduction of weather stations in the two cities.

Meteo Swiss recently announced that the 2013-14 winter was the third warmest recorded in the past 150 years, with average temperatures three degrees higher than normal.

The sunny week is forecast to come to an end on Saturday, however, when high temperatures are expected to fall by 10 degrees with grey skies and rain predicted, along with snow in the Alps.

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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.