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Warm, wacky and wild weather predicted for Switzerland this weekend

From Spring-like temperatures in parts of the country to avalanche warnings in other areas, wild, weird and inconsistent weather has been predicted for Switzerland this weekend.

Warm, wacky and wild weather predicted for Switzerland this weekend
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It’s not yet the middle of February but this weekend will see the first pollen of the Spring. According to meteorologists, the mild temperatures are responsible for bringing the plants to bloom early. 

In bad news for allergy sufferers, high levels of pollen are predicted in the north and south of the country. 

 

 

According to meteorologist Klaus Marqardt, it does not take much warm weather for plants to believe winter is over. 

“It only has to be mild for a week and it will start to bloom,” Marquardt told Swiss news outlet 20 Minutes

“It is clear, however, that the temperatures are too mild for this time of the year,” he said. But unfortunately for warm weather lovers, one sneeze does not a summer make. 

“On Sunday a cold front comes up again and then the pollen count is over again,” he said. 

Indeed, there are avalanche warnings for much of Switzerland over the weekend. 

A 28-year-old snowboarder died on Thursday in Grisons, bringing the number of winter sportspeople who died in avalanches this winter to 18. 

READ MORE: Is the pandemic to blame for Switzerland's spate of avalanche deaths? 

A low pressure system is expected to move into mountainous regions this weekend, bringing with it snow, wind and cold temperatures. 

In the Swiss Alps there is this weekend a considerable risk of avalanches, for example in Valais, Bern, in central Switzerland and in Graubünden.

Up to date information on avalanches can be found at the following link. 

 

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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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