Temperatures set to drop after summery interval

Temperatures are set to drop dramatically and rain is forecast across Switzerland on Friday following a summery week, punctuated by hailstorms and heavy rain in several regions on Wednesday night.

Temperatures set to drop after summery interval
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The predicted high for Sion, the capital of the canton of Valais, is 13C, compared with 27C on Thursday, the national weather office MeteoSwiss said.

With the exception of Ticino, where a high of 17C is expected, temperatures will elsewhere not rise above 12C, with maximum readings of just 7C forecast in the canton of Jura.

This follows heavy rain in Valais on Wednesday when hail damaged apricot orchards in the Chablais region, according to local residents, the ATS news agency said.

Hail also struck regions in the north, east and centre of the country, with accumulations reaching two to three centimetres in central Switzerland, MeteoSwiss said.

The cantons of Thurgau and Schaffhausen were battered by heavy rain on Wedneday night.

Earlier in the week, much of Switzerland was experiencing sunshine and summer-like temperatures, following a rainy spell that caused flooding around lakes and rivers in Western Switzerland.

The seesawing temperatures are not unexpected at this time of year, meteorologist Urs Graf told ATS.

“In the spring, the differences in the temperatures of air masses are often very great.”

MeteoSwiss anticipates a drying trend across most of the country on Saturday with temperatures rising through the weekend and a return to sunshine virtually everywhere in Switzerland on Monday.

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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.