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High temperatures – is winter already over? -News

In most places in the lowlands, the snow has completely disappeared. In the coming days, temperatures will rise to double digits. Is winter over already?

Jörg Ackermann

SRF Meteorologist

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Jörg Ackermann has been working at SRF Meteo since spring 2019. He previously obtained a Master's degree in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Innsbruck. His areas of activity include creating forecasts and moderating weather discussions on the radio.

SRF News: Are ski holidays considered good in high temperatures? in danger?

Jörg Ackermann: Depending on the region. In most inland alpine ski areas, the snow remains largely intact, even if it suffers on valley runs. In the Jura and the foothills of the Alps, things look different depending on the altitude of the ski areas: maximum temperatures reach around 7 degrees at an altitude of 1,500 meters until Friday. With high temperatures and humid air at the same time, the snow continues to melt and the snowfall gets worse.

How long will this moderate remain?

The weather appears to remain mild until the end of the month, with maximum temperatures ranging between 7 and 10 degrees in the lowlands. However, the weather will be warmer on windy days Wednesday and Thursday, with temperatures ranging between 11 and 15 degrees. What happens next is currently unclear.

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Is winter over already?

Weatherly, winter lasts until the end of February, and astronomically until March 20. But even then there may be more to come from the beginning of winter. The last snowfall on average occurs on March 15 in Bern and on March 29 in Zurich.

These high temperatures are not normal right now.

What are the maximum temperatures and where to expect?

The highest temperatures in this weather phase will be on Thursday in the canton of Ticino. With the help of the northern crater, temperatures could reach 20 degrees. In the north, Wednesday is the warmest day. But it's not quite as warm as it is in the south. In Geneva, Thun, Lucerne or northwestern Switzerland, temperatures can reach 15 degrees.

Why is it so warm now?

The main reason for warm air is its origin. The origin of the current air mass is located in the subtropical Atlantic Ocean. At the same time, the air mixes so well with the strong winds that it becomes very warm even without sunlight.

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Is this normal this season?

These high temperatures are not normal right now. On average, maximum temperatures in January reach 4 degrees. But they are far from breaking records. In canton Ticino, 24 degrees were measured in January 2007; On the northern side of the Alps, the record temperature for January was 20.2 degrees, measured in Delemont on New Year's Day 2023.

Interview by Leah Stadelman.