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Brr! Snow interrupts Swiss summer

After weeks of scorching hot weather, Switzerland was plunged back into winter on Friday morning as heavy rain translated into snow flurries above 1,900m.

Brr! Snow interrupts Swiss summer
Snow arrived in Zermatt above 2,000m. Photo: Zermatt webcam
A cold front passed across Switzerland on Wednesday and Thursday bringing heavy rain, especially to western, southern and eastern parts of the country.
 
More rain was expected on Friday, turning to snow above 1,900-2,200 metres, according to MeteoSuisse.
 
Pictures posted by Swiss paper Le Matin showed snow in Arolla in the Val d’Hérens.
 
Parts of the Vaud Alps, including Glacier 3,000, were also covered in fresh flakes.
 
 
And Zermatt in the Valais saw some snowfall early on Friday morning.
 
 
 
Thankfully this brief winter isn’t set to last long. Temperatures will begin to rise again on the weekend before the return of sunshine and warmth next week, with 30 degrees forecast for southern parts of the country on Tuesday. 

Source: MeteoSuisse

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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.  

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