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Swiss avalanche kills one person and injures another

An avalanche in Reckingen in the southeastern Wallis region of Switzerland killed a 68-year-old on Saturday, while a second person was injured, police said.

A man uses a machine to clear a path through the snow in the ski resort of Wengen in the Swiss Alps
A man uses a machine to clear a path through the snow in the ski resort of Wengen in the Swiss Alps. Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP

The two were part of a group of four Italian hikers and were quickly found and freed from the snow by the other two. One died at the scene and the other was airlifted to hospital.

According to a provisional report by the MeteoSwiss weather service on Friday, people have been caught up in 45 avalanches so far this winter.

It urged people to be “careful, careful, careful”.

On Thursday, one person died and several others were injured in avalanches in Switzerland’s Graubunden region, which borders Austria’s Tyrol where avalanches have killed nine people over the last three days.

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Temperatures to rise to 30C in Switzerland this week

Much warmer weather is expected in Switzerland this week, just in time for the first official start of summer on June 20th.

Temperatures to rise to 30C in Switzerland this week

If you are tired of the heavy (and sometimes even torrential) rains of the past two weeks, then brighter news is on the horizon.

After warming up on Monday to low 20s, temperatures will soar on Tuesday, reaching up to 30C in many parts of Switzerland.

The zero-degree line will climb to the altitude of 4,000 meters.

The sunny and warm weather will continue for the rest of the week, even despite occasional clouds.

It is likely that Saharan dust will cover Switzerland with yellow hues, as it did in March

On  Thursday, the temps will drop somewhat, but it will be still be seasonably warm —  around 25C.

This is what you can expect this week in your region.

What is the forecast for the coming months?

If you are staying in Switzerland during the summer vacation, you want to be sure the weather will remain, well, summery.

However, tt is too early to know with any certainty.

The general hope, however, is that it will be pleasantly warm and sunny, but that Switzerland will be able to avoid extreme heatwaves of the past two years.
 

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