Switzerland has registered the fifth hottest year since records began in 1864, continuing a trend towards warmer weather which started after 2010.This content was published on December 20, 2019 - 18:18
According to current calculations by the Swiss national weather service MeteoSwiss, by the end of 2019 the mean temperature (measured across the country and at various altitudes) in Switzerland was 6.5 degrees Celsius.
The summer of 2019 was the third warmest, and the autumn the sixth warmest. Long heatwaves with temperatures of at least 30°C have become more common in Switzerland, especially south of the Alps, it said. In 2019 there were two heatwaves, in June and July. The highest temperature recorded in Switzerland was 38°C in Sion.
The five warmest years have all been registered after 2010. “In addition to this year, the years were 2011 with 6.6°C, 2014 with 6.5°C, 2015 with 6.6°C and 2018 with the record of 6.9°C,” MeteoSwiss said.
“These five extreme years are 1°C or more above the warmth record before 1980.”
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