The last few days have been peaceful. Pleasant temperature, no clouds in the sky. But that changes this week. Heat wave hits Switzerland However, at the beginning of the week, this was not particularly noticeable. Monday and Tuesday will be milder.
The warm days start only on Wednesday. “Then it should be 30 degrees and warmer,” says Klaus Marquardt Weather news to see
Sweat declared – and how. “Depending on the weather pattern, it’s going to be very hot over the weekend, so the 35-degree mark will definitely be exceeded,” says Marquardt. Some data even predict absolute heat records for Switzerland.
“At worst, 40 degrees should be expected”
The intense heat is caused by a so-called high trough in the Atlantic Ocean over the Iberian Peninsula. “With its counter-clockwise circulation, it absorbs warm air from North Africa to Portugal and Spain,” says Marquardt. After a few days, this hot air reaches Switzerland via France and Germany. As precipitation is not expected during the upcoming heat wave, according to Marquardt, Germany’s drought problem will continue to worsen. “But it won’t be as dry as the Po Valley in Italy right now.”
Warm currents are expected to reach France and Germany early next week. “At worst, expect 40 degrees,” Marquardt says. But even Switzerland is not immune to extreme heat. “The temperature will be above 35 degrees on Monday or Tuesday next week. In Basel, for example, 37 to 38 degrees is quite possible.
Up to 2500 hectares of forests were destroyed
However, it is impossible to say exactly how long the heat wave will last. “Models are still not in complete agreement about its course, duration and magnitude.”
Meanwhile, Portugal is being ravaged by dozens of fires. Civil Defense reported on Monday that 36 forest fires were serious across the country. According to various estimates, 2,000 to 2,500 hectares of forest in the popular holiday destination have been destroyed in the past few days. This corresponds to an area of about 2800 to 3500 football pitches. The third-highest state of emergency has been in effect across the country since midnight, as the government in Lisbon announced over the weekend as the risk of wildfires increased.
The wildfire risk has been favored by weeks of drought, which has left nature parched, and a heat wave that will see temperatures sometimes top 40 degrees, starting Saturday and lasting until at least Thursday. (ced/SDA)
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