It’s not yet the middle of February but this weekend will see the first pollen of the Spring. According to meteorologists, the mild temperatures are responsible for bringing the plants to bloom early.
In bad news for allergy sufferers, high levels of pollen are predicted in the north and south of the country.
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According to meteorologist Klaus Marqardt, it does not take much warm weather for plants to believe winter is over.
“It only has to be mild for a week and it will start to bloom,” Marquardt told Swiss news outlet 20 Minutes.
“It is clear, however, that the temperatures are too mild for this time of the year,” he said. But unfortunately for warm weather lovers, one sneeze does not a summer make.
“On Sunday a cold front comes up again and then the pollen count is over again,” he said.
Indeed, there are avalanche warnings for much of Switzerland over the weekend.
A 28-year-old snowboarder died on Thursday in Grisons, bringing the number of winter sportspeople who died in avalanches this winter to 18.
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A low pressure system is expected to move into mountainous regions this weekend, bringing with it snow, wind and cold temperatures.
In the Swiss Alps there is this weekend a considerable risk of avalanches, for example in Valais, Bern, in central Switzerland and in Graubünden.
Up to date information on avalanches can be found at the following link.