Hottest day of the year so far predicted in scorching week for Switzerland

Hottest day of the year so far predicted in scorching week for Switzerland

Switzerland is due to have its first proper week of summer, with the weather set to bring scorching temperatures back to the alpine nation over the next six days. Last Sunday was already the hottest day of the year so far, with areas of the Swiss mountains reaching highs of 30 degrees Celsius.

Hottest day of the year so far recorded in Swiss mountains

MeteoSwiss reported that Visp in Canton Valais saw temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius on Sunday, marking what Swiss meteorologists classify as the first “heat day” of 2022. In Canton Bern and parts of central Switzerland, people were able to bask in the hot sun and perhaps dip their toes into Swiss lakes for the first time this year.

This changed later on in the evening, when the high pressure brought heavy rain, thunderstorms and hail to the scolded Swiss countryside. The summer cycle of high temperatures and sunshine followed by heavy thunderstorms is expected to continue.

Hot temperatures and summery weather expected until Sunday

The rest of the week is set to be a scorcher, with temperatures in Zurich, Geneva, Lausanne and Bern forecast to be between 27 and 32 degrees over the next six days. The best weather is predicted for Friday with clear skies and highs of 32 degrees forecast, making it the ideal day for a swim with friends and family or to stay indoors to get out of the excessive heat.

Much like the previous heatwave, the summery temperatures are expected to be followed by heavy thunderstorms and rain across the country. While forecasting these thunderstorms is a challenge, currently, Sunday is expected to be the day when the weather breaks and the cycle starts anew.

Jan de Boer


Jan de Boer

Jan studied in York and Sheffield in the UK, obtaining a master's in broadcast journalism and a bachelor's in history. He has worked as a radio DJ, TV presenter, and...

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