Late Easter brings warm Swiss weather

Switzerland has been bathing in the warmest Easter weather since 1962. According to the national weather institute, central areas have been particularly hot with temperatures in Basel climbing above 27 degrees centigrade on Good Friday.

This content was published on April 22, 2000 - 18:17

Switzerland has been bathing in the warmest Easter weather since 1962. According to the national weather institute, central areas have been particularly hot with temperatures in Basel climbing above 27 degrees centigrade on Good Friday.

The sunny skies also brought holiday-makers onto the streets of Lugano (pictured), where the temperatures also went above the "summer mark" of 25 degrees. But the centre of Switzerland was the best place for sizzling, with Basel joined by Kloten (26 degrees) and Lucerne (25.2 degrees).

The hottest Easter in almost forty years should not be seen as further proof of global warming, however, since there are no fixed dates for the Easter weekend. This year's Easter is particularly late. The corresponding hot-spell in 1962 came just one day earlier in the calendar year.

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