After record heat on Saturday, the night was tropical

As a result of an already very hot Saturday, the heat wave hit virtually the entire country on Sunday. The Rhône Valley in Valais, the Lake Geneva Arc and the Basel region were flooded with a particularly scorching sun, often exceeding 35 degrees, according to data from MétéoSuisse, Meteonews and SRF Meteo.

In French-speaking Switzerland, 36.5 degrees were recorded in Neuchâtel, a figure never reached in June in that city, 36.4 in Zion and 35.5 in Geneva, Meteonews reported late Sunday afternoon. Payerne (VD) also broke its record with 34.9 degrees.

Last night was tropical in many parts of Switzerland, that is, with temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius. The areas most affected were those where the foehn was blowing, SRF Meteo said on Twitter. At 22:00 on Saturday, it was still 30 degrees in Geneva and Basel. The Salen-Reutenen measuring station in Thurgau even recorded its hottest night in history, every month: the mercury never dropped below 22.9 degrees.

Although extreme temperatures tend to occur earlier in the year, this is still rare. The warmest period is most often between July 23 and August 23, when the mercury can exceed 40 degrees, as in 2003.

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The good weather and heat will continue throughout the week, with scattered thunderstorms, but temperatures are expected to gradually decrease. “A high-pressure ridge is shifting to Central Europe, bringing very hot tropical continental air over the Alpine region,” MétéoSuisse said on its website. A refreshment could take place in the middle of next week, but it is impossible at this time to know when it will happen. A maximum of 34 degrees is expected on Monday in the plains.

Strong influx in the pools

The heat pushed tens of thousands of people into the country’s swimming pools and public baths on Saturday and Sunday in search of coolness and relaxation. The Marzili Public Baths in Bern saw an influx of 15,000 visitors on Saturday and expected to receive as many on Sunday. The Easter Baths in Geneva, on the right bank of Lake Geneva, received between 3,000 and 4,000 visitors on Saturday, and as many were expected on Sunday, an official told Keystone-ATS. However, this is not a record. During the “big days”, attendance can go up to 6,000 people.

The pool in Yverdon-les-Bains (VD) did not provide an exact figure but an eloquent comment: “It’s crazy,” exclaimed a clerk. The pool, at peak times, can accommodate a thousand fans at a time.

The records are due to the depression off the coast of Portugal, which still directs very hot air over the west, south and center of the continent.

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This situation occurs when the summer has not yet begun. She also carries her share of dramas. At least six people have been killed since swimming in Swiss swimming pools and streams on Thursday. A swimmer is still missing in Lake Geneva.

Seven drownings since Thursday

At least seven people have been killed since swimming in Swiss swimming pools and streams on Thursday. A swimmer is still missing in Lake Geneva. In Lake Neuchâtel, an 85-year-old man was found unconscious in the water in Grandson (VD) late Sunday afternoon by swimmers. Despite the prompt care, the unfortunate man died on the spot, cantonal police said.

The 65-year-old woman, who was also the victim of an accident on Friday in Lake Neuchâtel in Chevroux (VD), succumbed to her injuries, Vaud police said on Sunday.

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In Bern, a 59-year-old man drowned in the Aar on Saturday night while bathing at the height of the bear pit. He suddenly found himself in trouble and was found dead downstream. An ailment is probably the cause of the accident.

A 74-year-old Valaisan was also trapped in the water on Friday between Villeneuve and Le Bouveret in Lake Geneva. The man got out of his boat to swim and suddenly sank. Despite the search, his body had not yet been found on Sunday.

Two drownings in Ticino

In Ticino, a 78-year-old Frenchman was shot dead in Lake Lugano on Saturday afternoon near Caslano, TI. In the same township, a 14-year-old boy died on Friday in the Maggia, near Tegna. He had jumped into the river and did not rise to the surface.

A 23-year-old man, who has been missing since Thursday night in Lake Sarnen near Sachseln (OW), was found dead on Friday by police divers. Finally, a 46-year-old man died on Friday night in the Dreilinden pool in St. Gallen.

Another swimming accident occurred on Saturday at the Reinach (BL) swimming pool. A seven-year-old boy was found unconscious in the water. A lifeguard undertook resuscitation of the child before he was taken to hospital by ambulance. In Thurgau, a 17-year-old man had to be airlifted to hospital after injuring himself by dipping his head first into Lake Nussbaumen.

The Vaud police reminded on Sunday that one should not bathe after consuming alcohol or drugs, or on a full stomach or while fasting. It is not advisable to jump suddenly into the water after a prolonged sunbath. At the beach, children must be accompanied. It is best to avoid swimming alone over long distances, and air mattresses should not be used in deep water.

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