Violent thunderstorms predicted for Zurich and Aargau

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Violent thunderstorms predicted for Zurich and Aargau
Lightning illuminates the night sky over the village of Cully surrounded by the vineyard terraces of Lavaux on the banks of Leman Lake from Chexbres. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

After the hottest day of the year in Switzerland, violent thunderstorms have been predicted for Zurich and Aargau, while inclement weather is expected for much of the rest of the country.


Level 3 thunderstorm warnings have been issued for the cantons of Zurich and Aargau, just one day after Switzerland’s hottest day of the year so far. 



Monday was the hottest day on record in 2020, with temperatures in the mid-30s across Switzerland. 

The predictions come at a welcome time, with fire warnings and bans issued throughout several regions. 

In Aargau, a fire ban came in for forested areas from 4pm on Tuesday, while fireworks will only be allowed more than 200 metres from the forested area. 



The warning comes just days before Switzerland’s National Day on August 1st, which is traditionally celebrated with fireworks. 

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Heatwave hotline set up

In Zurich, authorities on Monday set up a ‘heatwave hotline’ to help to advise residents on how to behave in ever-warmer temperatures.

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.

Hitze kann eine grosse gesundheitliche Belastung sein. Das städtische Hitze-Telefon bietet – von Juli bis September – Information und Beratung sowie kostenlose Hausbesuche während einer Hitzewelle an. ?044 412 00 60

— Rotes Kreuz Zürich (@RotesKreuz_ZH) July 28, 2020

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. 

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

Heute war vielerorts der #heisseste Tag des bisherigen Sommers 2020. In Genf gab es knapp 34 Grad, in Basel knapp 33 Grad. Im Flachland wurde vielerorts die #Hitzemarke von 30 Grad erreicht. Freitag/Samstag wird es wohl noch heisser. (rp)

— MeteoNews (@MeteoNewsAG) July 27, 2020

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


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