Temperatures kept flirting with records on Sunday and could well beat a few. The Lake Geneva Arc and the Rhone Valley in Valais were particularly affected by the heat wave and were preparing for temperatures of 36 degrees during the day, said MétéoSuisse, which measured 34.8 degrees in Geneva-Cointrin at 3:10 p.m. and 35.9 in Zion.
Meteorologists at Meteonews, meanwhile, measured a 35.5-degree peak in Geneva just before 3 p.m. At the same time, it was also more than 35 degrees in Zion (35.1) and on the Gösgen (SW) and Leibstadt (AG) side, with 35.3. Ticino did not exceed 30 degrees. The absolute record measured for June in Geneva by Météonews is 36.4 degrees and “could be broken during the day,” meteorologists say.
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.
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At 22:00, 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.
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.
Six drownings since Thursday
The 65-year-old woman who was involved in an accident on Friday in Lake Neuchâtel in Chevroux (VD) has succumbed to her injuries, Vaud police said on Sunday. 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.
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A 78-year-old Frenchman was lifted from Lake Lugano on Saturday afternoon near Caslano (TI). Still in Ticino, a 14-year-old boy lost his life 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. A 46-year-old man died 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 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
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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