Switzerland sees driest December in 150 years

2017-01-03 16:16


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Geneva - Switzerland has just experienced its driest December in more than 150 years and one of its driest months on record, meteorologists say.

With an average of just 2mm of precipitation in December, the Swiss lowlands saw their driest month since record-taking began in 1864, said the Federal Office of Meteorology and Climatology, or MeteoSuisse.

Many places in the west of the country did not see a single snowflake or drop of rain, it said, pointing out that usually the Swiss plains get nearly 90mm of precipitation on average in December.

Before December 2016, the driest December on record was in 1963, when the Swiss lowlands saw an average of 4.8mm of precipitation, MeteoSuisse said.

The usually wet month of December ticked in as the third driest month on record, after September 1865, which saw 1.7mm of rain and April 1893, which got only 1.1mm.

Meanwhile, many places in the Swiss Alps experienced unusually high temperatures, with the 3 466m Jungfraujoch peak for instance registering its third-warmest December on record, MeteoSuisse said.

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