Breaks May snowfall record set more than 70 years ago. Also, unseasonal cold threatens vineyards and the strawberry crop.
Parts of Switzerland saw record snowfall for the month of May overnight Saturday into Sunday, along with unseasonal cold. Although most of the snow fell in the central and eastern alpine regions, the most dramatic records were set in lower-lying Bern and St Gallen.
The Swiss capital of Bern woke up to four cm of fresh snow on Sunday morning. The previous record for the month was one cm in 1945.
The eastern city of St Gallen saw 19 cm of snow, up from 12 cm on May 7, 1957, according to the Swiss meteorological service MeteoSwissexternal link.
MeteoSwiss forecasts sharp groundfrost in the lowlands on Monday and Tuesday.
Vineyards and the strawberry crop may be threatened by these adverse weather conditions. Two years’ ago, the Swiss fruit farming industry suffered heavy losses as a result of late frosts. Vineyards were badly hit, as were cherry, apricot and apple harvests.
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