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Switzerland has coldest night of winter so far

Switzerland experienced its coldest temperatures of the winter so far on the night of Saturday to Sunday.

In the resort of Samedan in the south east the temperature dropped to 26.6 degrees Celsius below zero, the Swiss meteorological service reported.

This was 0.3 degrees colder than the previous record for this year, also in Samedan.

Other areas also experienced their coldest night. It was particular cold in some valleys at high altitude. In the mountains, however, it was relatively mild.

The forecast continues cold for the next few days, with snow expected even in low lying areas.

However, last year’s record has not yet been beaten. This was minus 28, recorded at La Brévine in western Switzerland.

Even this is much warmer than the all-time record of minus 41.8, also in La Brévine in January 1987.

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