Switzerland is approaching a warmer-than-usual summer, according to the head of SRF Meteo, Thomas Bucheli. New heat records are “very likely”.“I would be amazed if he had gone the other way,” – SRF meteorologist Thomas Bucheli. (Archival photo) – sda – KEYSTONE / KARL-HEINZ HUG
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- According to Thomas Bucheli, heat records in Switzerland are “very likely” in the future.
- “It can get hot up to 40 degrees,” explains the head of SRF Meteo.
Switzerland is approaching a warmer-than-usual summer, according to the head of SRF Meteo, Thomas Bucheli. New heat records are “very likely,” he told the Sunday newspaper. “I’d be amazed if it had gone the other way.”
How high it will or could “go up” is speculation, said the meteorologist and TV presenter. If several factors were involved, the temperatures could easily be two to five degrees higher. “It can be up to 40 degrees hot.”
The former Swiss heat leader is Grono in the canton of Graubünden. In the hot summer of 2003, 41.5 degrees were measured there.
“Far From Normal”
According to Buchela, the last May temperatures in some places are “far from normal”. New May temperature records have appeared in various places. Or because it was the hottest day since the measurements began. Or such high temperatures have never been measured so early in the year.
In many places in Switzerland, the number of summer days with temperatures above 25 degrees has roughly doubled since the measurements began. Even on hot days, at 30 degrees Celsius and above, the trend was clear. Growth is based on specific measurements, not assumptions.
The phenomenon is “clearly” due to the climate, said Bucheli. Models and measurements of climate research have shown that higher temperatures are a consequence of the increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Climate change is the reason why there are more and more hot days and new temperature records. If the temperature rises on average due to climatic conditions and there are the same peaks as in the past, it will result in ever higher temperature extremes.
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