Why are Swiss so cold

Low temperatures - does it stay freezing in Switzerland, Gaudenz Flury?

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In Schleitheim in Schaffhausen, -11.2 degrees were measured on Saturday morning, in Thun -9.9 degrees. It was so cold in Schleitheim for the last time at the end of February 2018, in Thun in December 2018.

Do we still expect such ice nights in the next few days? Do we have to prepare for a record winter? SRF meteorologist Gaudenz Flury on the most important questions.

Gaudenz Flury

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Gaudenz Flury, Link opens in a new window has been with SRF Meteo since 2012. After studying geography with a specialization in climatology and atmospheric physics, he initially worked for the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF and for MeteoSwiss.

SRF News: Are we currently dealing with record low temperatures?

Gaudenz Flury: We are far from an all-time record, but this winter we had the coldest night on Saturday night in many places in over a year. In some regions there was also a bise, so it was colder.

These temperatures belong to winter.

Are such low temperatures unusual for early January?

These temperatures belong to winter. It gets so cold in a normal winter. We are just not used to it anymore because we haven't had such temperatures in the last year or two. I often say to myself: Finally we have reasonable temperatures again. With the currently low values, global warming skeptics will ask where the warming is going. But even with global warming, such cold days can continue to exist. We have to be aware that we have far fewer ice days, i.e. days below 0 degrees, than before.

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Is the current cold conducive to perfect skiing conditions in the mountains?

The good thing about the current situation is that the snow stays. We are currently experiencing a boom in cross-country skiing in many places. The snow is very slow at such temperatures, which means that cross-country skiing is currently more strenuous.

How is the weather in the mountains?

The weather in the mountains is sunny this weekend, and in the lowlands it is crisscrossed. But the sun is more present than it is in the plains as well. For comparison: Today, Saturday, will be one of the sunniest days in over a month for many in the lowlands.

One thing is certain: the mask requirement in the ski area will not be difficult to implement today.

What should Mr. and Mrs. Swiss pay special attention to in these icy conditions?

In any case, certain plants should not be left outside. Today and tomorrow there is a brisk breeze blowing, so you should dress warmly when you leave the house, for example with a wind stopper. On the slopes you should be careful that certain parts of the body such as the tip of the nose or cheeks are also covered. One thing is certain: the mask requirement in the ski area will not be difficult to implement today.

How will it go on in the next few days?

It will remain cold until Monday. On Monday we will record the lowest highs. In the middle of the week the weather changes and there are disturbances with precipitation. Temperatures will likely be a bit higher.

Interview conducted by Benjamin Hostettler.

SRF 1, 9.1.2021, 8:40 a.m.; srf / hosb; widb

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