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Switzerland weather: Snow and rain forecast in various regions

After a relatively warm and sunny weather in the past weeks, many Swiss areas will now experience colder temperatures and precipitation.

The shape of things to come: Snow is predicted this week in Switzerland.
Workers clearing the snow off roofs in mountain areas. Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP

We knew it would come sooner or later, and we were right: the summer-like weather that most of Switzerland enjoyed throughout much of September and the first days of October is now officially over, according to meteorologists.

Depending on where you are, you might be hit by waves of rain or even snow this week. 

From Monday and until the end of the week, temperatures will drop into the single-digit range in the mornings, rising only slightly in the afternoon.

It will rain sporadically throughout most of the country, but the heaviest and most continuous rainfall is predicted for Ticino, where a total of 150 to 250 millimetres of rain will be dumped.

It will be wet in Ticino this week. Photo by Todd Diemer on Unsplash

By the middle of the week, the snow line will drop from high Alpine areas to 1,300 metres, although snowflakes at lower altitudes are not excluded.

On the weekend, sun should again peek through the clouds, at least in some places.

However, temperatures of 20 degrees or more experienced in the last weeks are now a thing of the past. They will raise to a maximum of 14 to 16 degrees.

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Weather: Switzerland prepares for ‘record-breaking’ hot summer

The hot weather of the past week makes us wonder what the summer months will be like in Switzerland. Will we walk around in shorts and flip-flops or thermal underwear and boots? Find out what the experts say.

Weather: Switzerland prepares for 'record-breaking' hot summer

It has been hot in much of Switzerland over the last few days, with temperatures exceeding 30 degrees in some parts of the country.  But this is just a ‘foretaste’ of what lies ahead.

While this week is expected to be a bit cooler — more seasonal lower 20s —forecasts for the summer months call for even more intense heat.

“It will be hotter than usual,” according to Thomas Buchel, head of SRF Meteo.

“New heat records are very likely. It would be surprising if it went in another direction”, he said.

While it is too early now to predict just how hot it will get, the temperatures in certain Swiss regions “could hit 40 degrees”, Buchel pointed out.

This is close to this century’s previous “hottest” summer on record — 41.5 degrees measured in Grono, Graubünden 2003.

Another meteorologist, Joshua Gehring from the official weather service MeteoSwiss, said hotter weather “is a direct consequence of climate change”.

Specifically, a phenomenon called “heat dome” is hovering over Europe. It is, according to Gehring, “a stagnant anticyclone that acts as a lid to accumulate and retain heat”.

READ MORE: Heatwave: Why is it so hot in Switzerland right now?

But the environment is not the only one that is “suffering”, as it were, from this phenomenon.

According to 20 Minutes, “nearly 400 million francs are lost each year in Switzerland due to the heatwave and the drop in productivity that it causes in companies. That’s twice as much as the seasonal flu”.

“What is ideal for swimming or barbecuing cripples the economy. When working outdoors, performance drops quickly at such high temperatures”.

The Federal Office of Meteorology (MeteoSwiss) confirmed the dangers of extremely high temperatures on humans and nature alike.

“Periods of hot weather place extreme stress on the human body and can endanger health. Among other things, they can trigger cardiovascular and respiratory conditions and impair mental and physical performance”, MeteoSwiss writes.

“A hot spell can also have adverse effects on nature and infrastructure. For example, bodies of water often heat up considerably, causing fish to die, while high temperatures can lead to buckling of road surfaces and deformation of railway tracks”.

READ MORE: EXPLAINED: How the climate crisis is hitting Europe hard

So if you are a summer enthusiast and thrive in hot weather, you can look forward to sizzling temps.

But f you are more of a “cold” person, this article from April of this year may bring back fond memories:

Winter weather to continue in Switzerland this week

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