On Sunday and Monday there were numerous new February highs in Switzerland. On Sunday, the hair dryer in Sevelen reached 21.9 degrees. It has never been warmer there in February. The re were also new February highs in Glarus and on Monday in St. Gallen and Meiringen as well as on the Hörnli.
Already on Sunday 21.9 degrees were measured in Sevelen in the St Gallen Rhine Valley. That was not only the highest temperature of the year in Switzerland so far, but also the highest value ever measured in Sevelen in February. The previous local high of 21.7 degrees was reached there on February 21, 1998 and February 25, 1990. In general, the foehn caused record temperatures in the east: In Glarus, 19.4 degrees were measured on Sunday. Again, this was a local new February record. So far the maximum value was 18.8 degrees on February 3, 2002 and February 27, 1994. In Bad Ragaz exactly 20 degrees were measured on Sunday, but that was only the fifth highest February temperature there. The record from 1960 with 23.3 degrees remained out of reach.
More records on Monday
On Monday the hair dryer got weaker, but it was enough for more new February records. In St. Gallen there were exactly 18 degrees. This clearly exceeded the old February record of 17.2 degrees from February 27, 1994. In Meiringen, 18.5 degrees also meant a new February record, and the foehn was also involved there. Record also on the Hörnli in the Zurich Oberland. The re were measured 15.8 degrees on Monday. This was only possible because the foehn reached from the Alps to the Zurich Oberland. The other foehn areas were also close to the record. 19.1 degrees were measured in Glarus on Monday. The previous day’s record was narrowly missed, but it was still above the old record. The second-highest February value was also recorded in Altdorf with 19.8 degrees. It was only warmer there in February 1998.
From a meteorological point of view, spring does not begin until next Monday, but the maximum temperatures remain spring-like up to and including Thursday and correspond to the afternoon temperatures on an average afternoon in April. Thanks to Hoch «Ilonka», temperatures of up to 20 degrees are possible on Wednesdays and Thursdays, especially in the Rhone Valley and the Bündner Herrschaft, but also in southern Ticino. Local records are possible again.