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Spring in Switzerland: Warmer weather on the way

Spring doesn’t officially start until March 20th, but Swiss meteorologists are forecasting higher, double-digit temperatures in the coming days.

People sit along the water in Basel. Photo by David Norman on Unsplash
People sit along the water in Basel. Photo by David Norman on Unsplash

Many parts of the country have already been enjoying a taste of springtime, even in some of the chillier regions of Switzerland. 

Temperatures of between 12 and 14 are expected in the coming days, followed by warmer weather close to the weekend. 

“In certain regions, temperatures will even reach 18 degrees this week,” according to Michael Eichmann from Meteonews weather service.

On Thursday, Friday and over the weekend, mostly sunny and mild weather will continue, and rain is not expected, he added.

Eichmann said however that people should not pack their jackets away just yet. 

“The models that we use only predict the weather exactly for seven days. So it would be possible that there would still be a cold snap,” Eichmann told Swiss tabloid Blick. 

However, this forecast may not be good news for people who suffer from hay fever and other seasonal allergies.

That’s because “the vegetation now grows much earlier than it did a few decades ago”,  Eichmann said. 

“As a result, pollen and other allergens will be in the air early as well”. 

More information on the weather and forecasts all across the country can be found on MeteoSwiss, the government weather service. 

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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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