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Snow, wind and cold nights: Winter weather on the way in Switzerland

Even though winter doesn’t officially start until December 21, the weather says otherwise. This is what you can expect in Switzerland in the coming hours and days.

Up to 40 cm of fresh snow is forecast for Switzerland over the weekend. Photo by Johann GRODER / AFP
Up to 40 cm of fresh snow is forecast for Switzerland over the weekend. Photo by Johann GRODER / AFP

Snow is continuously being dumped above 1,400 metres on the northern slope of the Alps.

From 20 to 40 centimetres of fresh snow is expected to fall from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, and then again from Sunday, according to MeteoNews.

At the same time, the danger of avalanches is increasing in many areas.

In the lowlands, the weekend will be cold and wet, with temperatures just above zero.

It will also be very gusty in parts of the country, especially in northwest of the Alpine ridge, where wind peaks of up to 100 km / h are forecast.

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So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

Sweden on Thursday came close to beating its 75-year-old temperature record, but fell short by just under one degree with a top temperature of 37.2C.

So did Sweden beat its all-time temperature record on Thursday? Not quite

The village of Målilla in Småland came close to beating the 38C heat record it set in 1947, logging a temperature of 37.2C. 

“It’s the highest temperature recorded in Sweden since 1947,” Mattias Lind, a meteorologist at Sweden’s state forecaster SMHI, told the country’s TT newswire. 

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As the punishing heat seen across the rest of Europe briefly rose up to touch Sweden, several cities beat their own records, with Linköping setting a new record with a 36.9C temperature. The city of Jönköping, with 35.3C, recorded the highest temperature since records began in 1858. 

Even the north of Sweden saw the mercury rise above 30C, with Gävle recording a temperature of 33.5C.

Temperatures are forecast to drop significantly on Friday, sinking below 20C across the country on Saturday, with thunder storms expected in many areas. 

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