Switzerland enjoys first ‘tropical’ night of the year

Temperatures in the Italian-speaking southern Swiss region of Ticino surpassed 20 degrees in the night of Wednesday to Thursday, making it the country’s first ‘tropical’ night of the year.

Switzerland enjoys first ‘tropical’ night of the year
A summer night in Zurich. Photo: exinocactus/Depositphotos
Locarno reached 20.7 degrees during the night, while Stabio was an even warmer 22.1 degrees, according to MeteoNews.
The country is currently enjoying its first prolonged spell of summer weather, which should last until the middle of next week, according to forecasters. 
The warm, dry weather should help attract people to the annual ‘open cellars’ event in the Valais this weekend. 
According to news agency ATS some 240 vineyards are throwing open their doors this weekend, a record number for the event, which is now in its 11th year. 
The ‘caves ouvertes’ weekend is a important – and profitable – promotional event for winegrowers, and a particularly crucial one this year as they face the prospect of severely reduced harvests following the frosts in late April that affected around 40 percent of vines in the canton. 
“Given the surge in sympathy after the recent episode of frost, we are expecting an increase in the number of visitors at this year’s event,” Yves Aymon, president of winegrowers association IVV told ATS. 
Temperatures are expected to surpass 30 degrees in southern parts of the country this weekend, with everywhere enjoying dry, sunny and warm weather until next Tuesday when storms are forecast. 
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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.