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Temperatures set to soar in Switzerland this weekend

Enjoying the sun? Get used to it, since the spring-like weather is set to stay around for the next few days, with temperatures going up to 23 degrees on Sunday in many parts of the country.

Temperatures set to soar in Switzerland this weekend
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That’s quite a leap from Friday morning when temperatures hovered around zero degrees after a clear, cold night, according to MeteoNews
 
Ground temperatures dropped to -3.8 in Zurich, -2.9 in Fribourg and -2.4 in Aigle. 
 
But the sun quickly warmed things up, with temperatures expected to hit 15-17 degrees on Friday. 
 
The mercury will continue to rise over a clear, sunny weekend, with temperatures reaching a summery 23 degrees on Sunday. 
 
It won’t quite be an official ‘summer’ day, however – meteorologists class a summer day as 25 degrees or above, a temperature already reached in Ticino this year, on March 20th.
 
The warmth will remain on Monday before temperatures start to cool off as next week progresses.
 

Source: MeteoSuisse

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Switzerland to get rain this week — at last

After weeks of very hot and dry weather, which have caused drought in many parts of the country, rain is forecast for Switzerland in coming days. But the reprieve from the heat will be temporary.

Switzerland to get rain this week — at last

While some areas of Switzerland have been hit by thunderstorms in the past days, providing some relief for agriculture and nature in general, the amount of rain has not been sufficient to counteract the effects of drought that has impacted much of the country.

The water levels of Lakes Constance, Walen, Lucerne and Lugano have reached historic lows, according to the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN).

Continued drought has also impacted some rivers, including the Rhine, whose levels are “strongly to moderately” below average for the season, FOEN said.

The good news is that “the alarming situation on the drought front will finally ease somewhat in the coming days thanks to the return of the rains», according to Vincent Devantay, meteorologist at MeteoNews weather service.

The rains will begin on Wednesday afternoon, intensifying by the weekend, and “several areas of more or less active showers will finally follow one another until Saturday”, Devantay said.

By Saturday, these rainfall amounts are expected, according to MeteoNews:

  • Plateau, Lake Geneva basin, Valais Alps: 20 to 50 litres per square-metre
  • Jura Arc, Gruyère: 30 to 60 l/m2
  • Central Valais: 15 to 30 l/m2
  • Pre-Alps, Vaud Alps, Chablais: 40 to 80 l/m2
  • North of Switzerland: 10 to 30 l/m2
  • Central Switzerland, Ticino and Bernese Oberland: 50 to 100 l/m2

“These rains will bring some relief from the drought, but it would take several weeks of almost daily rain to see a real and lasting improvement”, Devantay said.

The rain will also bring in “much cooler temperatures”, but the summer weather will make a comeback from Sunday, “with increasingly warm temperatures and no clear deterioration is in sight for the future”.
 
 READ MORE: Body stress, drought and borders: How the heatwave affects Switzerland

 

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