SHARE
COPY LINK

WEATHER

Switzerland set for cold snap this week

After several days of relatively mild temperatures, snow in the plains and a cold snap are expected in Switzerland in the next few days.

Switzerland set for cold snap this week
That's what parts of the country may look like this week. Photo by AFP

The disturbance that will cross the north of the Alps Wednesday night could dump four to eight cm of fresh snow on the Plateau Romand, according to a forecast by Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology (Meteosuisse).

Then the snow will give way to a particularly cold wind.

The plains should be covered with a snowpack of a few centimetres. The northern Plateau could receive up to eight cm of fresh snow due to a cold draft in the region. 

On the other hand, on the shores of Lake Geneva below 500 m, as well as in the Rhône valley, the snow should not exceed three cm. It is more likely to rain or rain-snow at lower elevations, Meteosuisse reports.

The rest of the week will also be significantly colder due an influx of polar air.

On the plateau, the temperature could drop to -8 to -12 degrees Centigrade.

READ MORE: Weather warning: Part of Swiss Alps placed on high avalanche alert

Member comments

Log in here to leave a comment.
Become a Member to leave a comment.
For members

WEATHER

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

SHOW COMMENTS