Switzerland in the grip of the heat wave: a record broken in Basel

It was also very hot in Visp VS, with 35.4 degrees, and in Delémont (JU), with 35.0 degrees. The sun burned from mid-morning, especially in French-speaking Switzerland. Shortly after 9:30 a.m., Neuchâtel, Nyon, Mathod (VD) and Sion recorded more than 30 degrees in the shade.

However, the 36.6 degrees recorded Friday in Biasca in Ticino were not reached on Saturday, SRF Meteo announced on Saturday evening. On Sunday, however, maximum temperatures are expected to once again be between 32 and 36 degrees. In the Alps, the southern foehn rises additionally.

Meteonews indicates that it is also very hot in the mountains with 30 to 32 degrees around 1000 m altitude, while the zero limit was around 4600 m.

The 37 mark could be crossed

According to SRF Meteo, it is therefore not excluded that the bar of 37 degrees will be reached on Sunday afternoon, which would constitute a new record for Switzerland for the month of June.

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The start of next week will also be marked by temperatures above 30 degrees, but this should not be enough to reach all-time highs.

In Sion and Geneva, for example, the highest temperatures ever recorded so far in June are 36.4 degrees, respectively in 2019 and 1950.

An unpredictable end

According to MeteoSwiss estimates, the end of the heat wave is still uncertain. Currently, a level 3 warning is in effect until Tuesday evening for the plains south of the Alps, the central Valais as well as for the west and north-west of Switzerland. The cantons of Geneva and Vaud, in particular, have activated heat wave plans.

During the day on Monday, slightly cooler air should temporarily infiltrate, but warmer air is expected again on Tuesday, according to MeteoSwiss.

Depression off Portugal

The records are explained by the depression located off Portugal, which still directs very hot air over the west, south and center of the continent.

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This situation occurs when summer has not yet started. It also brings its own share of drama. A man in his seventies drowned in Lake Lugano, while a swimmer who had dived from his boat to cool off in Lake Geneva off Villeneuve (VD) was missing on Saturday. Another person was found seriously injured after being unconscious from Lake Neuchâtel, in Chevroux.

In France, the heat wave affects almost the entire country, with a dozen departments placed on “red vigilance”, with peaks around 40 degrees, especially in the Paris region. In greenhouses, temperatures can soar to 55 degrees. Spain is also crushed by the heat wave, with multiple fires.

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