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July 2022 was one of the hottest months measured in Switzerland since the start of systematic recordings. However, it was not enough to break a record in most regions, as the results of various meteorological services show.

On the Plateau, the month that has just passed is generally in 4th or 5th position, wrote Thursday the weather editorial staff of Swiss radio and television SRF in a press release. In many places it was noticeably warmer in July 2006 or July 2015.

In general, the month of July 2015 was the hottest in Switzerland, continues the press release. In Upper Valais, in the valleys of southern Valais and in places in Ticino, we are this year at the temperature level of 2015.

Records in southern Ticino

The Mendrisiotto and Val Poschiavo measuring stations are an exception: according to SRF Meteo, the average temperature there reached a record high for the month of July.

In Stabio, near Chiasso, the inhabitants have never been hot until last week, when a record 36.5 degrees was measured. It was also very hot in Geneva for example, with temperatures reaching 38.1 degrees.

Unusual duration and intensity

During the July heat wave, Lugano experienced 14 consecutive hot days and Locarno 13, as written by MeteoSwiss, the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology. For Lugano, this is a new record since measurements began in 1864, for Locarno the second highest value since 1935, the record being 18 days in 2018.

The July heat wave was one of the longest and most intense ever measured south of the Alps, comparable only to the very high temperatures of July 2015 and August 2003. For the Lugano measuring station, this is even the longest heat wave on record.

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Meteonews notes that the scorching summer had also left its mark in the statistics at European level. So, in July, six measuring stations in Britain measured for the first time in history more than 40 degrees, and the German city of Hamburg also recorded 40.1 degrees on the hottest day in July. .

Widespread fire hazard

In Switzerland, the risk of forest fires is present on almost all the territory due to the drought. Last Friday, the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) issued a warning about this via Twitter. The FOEN hazard map is mostly colored red. The highest danger – “very high” – is located in eight municipalities of Valais, in 15 others the danger is “high”.

The same danger level (“strong”) applies in the rest of Switzerland, with the exception of northern and central Ticino, parts of Graubünden as well as the cantons of Appenzell Innerrhoden, Lucerne, Nidwalden and Obwalden, Schwyz and Zug. The danger is considered “considerable”.

Celebrate without fireworks

Due to the great dangers, many cantons have enacted fire bans. An absolute ban on making open fires is in force in the cantons of Fribourg, Geneva, Graubünden, Ticino, Vaud and Valais. A ban on making fires in the forest and near the forest is in force in practically all the rest of Switzerland.

No refresh

Cooler temperatures are not the order of the day, writes SRF Meteo. Current forecasts are for temperatures to approach 30 degrees again next week in many places.

The historical experience of past scorching summers does not bode well for a drop in mercury: admittedly, the hot month of July 2006 was followed by a cool and wet month of August, according to SRF Meteo. But in 2003, 2015 and 2018, August also remained hot.

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This article has been published automatically. Source: ats

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