Heatwave in Austria
27th August 2011
It is set to be the hottest week of the year and PlanetSKI is off to the Tirol at the weekend. Meterologists say it is the warmest of the summer so far. Hardly saying much though as the summer has been pretty dire.
High pressure and subtropical air from North Africa are responsible for temperatures in the late 30’s.
The Central Agency for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG) has said that records could tumble in the current hot spell.
It is though thankfully cooler in the mountains and we will be in the Austrian ski resort of Obergurgl this weekend to sample some of the summer activities on offer; mountain biking, walking, white water rafting and archery.
We will be hiking up to a mountain hut at over 3,000m and staying overnight too.
Our content editor was in the French resort of Le 2 Alpes earlier in the summer; see the video below of what is on offer there.
In Austria it has hardly been a great summer.
Like much of Europe it started well in the spring but didn’t improve much.
Much of June, July and the beginning of August were dominated by low temperatures, heavy rainfall and cool winds.
Let’s hope this weekend is better.
We will let you know.
Tourism is a major industry in Austria and initial reports suggest the number of foreigners visiting The Alps is down although city breaks have done well.
We will bring you the full details when they are released later in the year.
In the meantime check back over the weekend for our reports from high up in the Austrian Alps.
Maybe summer has once last throw of the dice.
For the spirit of the mountains