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Handy hotline: Switzerland sets up ‘heat telephone’ to help residents as temperatures skyrocket

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Handy hotline: Switzerland sets up ‘heat telephone’ to help residents as temperatures skyrocket
People cool down during a heatwave in Lausanne. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

With temperatures reaching tropical levels across Switzerland, officials in Zurich have set up a ‘heat telephone’ to advise residents on how to behave in ever-warmer temperatures.

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Quite literally a hotline, callers can get information on how to behave during the heatwave and the steps they can take to reduce its impact. 

The number has been set up by the Red Cross in Zurich, but can be called by residents across Switzerland. 

 

 

The number is 044 412 00 60. 

Monday was the hottest day of the year so far in Switzerland, with temperatures expected to continue to climb in the coming days, particularly in Ticino and Geneva. 

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Temperatures rose into the mid-30s in Basel and Geneva, while the mark of 30 degrees was breached across the country. 

 

 

During the night on Monday the weather remained warm, with the mercury staying above 20 in several Swiss regions. 

 

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