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Winter is coming: first frost hits Swiss cities

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Winter is coming: first frost hits Swiss cities
File photo: Magnus Hagdorn
12:15 CEST+02:00
After a particularly mild autumn to date, Switzerland experienced its first frost of the season this week as temperatures fell below zero in many low-lying parts of the country.

The mercury fell as low as -7 in Viege in the Valais on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, a Meteo Suisse spokesman told news agencies. The cities of Payerne, Bern, Lucerne and Aigle all felt a below-zero chill.

The autumnal feel is somewhat overdue, following a September that was the third hottest since records began, with rainfall far below the normal range.

This week's brush with the cold is unlikely to last, however.

The warm foehn wind is set to warm things up in the coming days, however, with some valleys experiencing temperatures up to 20 degrees, said Meteo Suisse.

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