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Two homes hit by lightning during Fribourg storm

Two houses in Bulle in the canton of Fribourg were struck by lightning during a violent storm on Monday night, police have said.

Two homes hit by lightning during Fribourg storm
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The two detached houses, which were close to each other, were hit between 8pm and 9pm, causing damage to their chimneys, interior walls and electrical wiring, Fribourg police said in a statement
 
Thankfully no one was hurt, and the occupants were allowed to return home after the houses had been checked by emergency workers and an electrician.
 
Around a dozen other houses were flooded in the Fribourg area, said police.
 
The storm also hit the canton of Vaud – where French president Emmanuel Macron was visiting Lausanne – and parts of German-speaking Switzerland, with heavy rain and strong winds in the cantons of Bern, St Gallen and Lucerne.
 
Monday’s storm came two days after another severe storm caused millions of francs worth of damage in Zofingen in the canton of Aargau on Saturday night. 
 

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STORM

New storm to hit Switzerland on Thursday

The Swiss bureau of meteorology, MeteoSwiss, has issued a storm warning for Switzerland for Thursday. Activity is forecast to peak from noon until night.

New storm to hit Switzerland on Thursday
A file photo of a storm over Lake Geneva. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

The new front, which has formed in the British Isles, is set to arrive in Switzerland around lunchtime. The warning level has been set at 3 out of a possible 5 for the majority of the country, with only the Lake Geneva region given a lower rating (of 2 out of 5). 

Named ’Tomris’ in German, it is set to bring winds of up to 100km/h on the lowlands and of up to 120km/h in mountainous areas. 

READ: Why do storms in Switzerland have two names? 

Rain and snow are also expected. 

While conditions are set to run for most of the day on Thursday, a clear front is predicted to move in and bring with it sunnier weather on Friday heading into the weekend. 

Several lowland areas have predicted temperatures of 14 degrees on Sunday. 

Warmest winter on record

Despite the storm fronts which have gripped the country for over a week, the winter has been mild from a temperature perspective. 

With averages 2.5 degrees higher than the previous high set in the winter of 2006-07, this winter is set to be the warmest ever recorded. 

 

 

Another record was broken in Zurich on Wednesday.

The mark of February 12th is the latest date in the season that the city has not seen snowfall. Zurich’s weather is not predicted to drop below zero in the coming week, meaning a new record will be set. 

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