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Three dead in Austrian avalanche

Three people died and another was injured Friday when an avalanche hit the Oetscher peak in south-western Lower Austria, police said.

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Recent years have seen avalanches claim around 20 lives a year in Austria. Photo by Dating Scout on Unsplash

“Four people were swept away. Rescuers were able to get to one of them who was taken to hospital in a serious condition,” a spokesman said following the snowslip on the 1,893-metre (6,200 feet) Alpine peak near the commune of Gaming.

Rescuers were still searching for further potential victims hours after the avalanche caught locals unawares given generally clement weather conditions.

Nine people died last month when a spate of avalanches hit the western Tyrol region while December saw three further fatalities.

Recent years have seen avalanches claim around 20 lives a year in Austria, fewer over the past two years after the pandemic vastly reduced skier numbers.

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30C: Austria set for first heatwave of the year

Early summer weather reaches the Alpine country in the coming days, with temperatures as high as 30C in the coming days.

30C: Austria set for first heatwave of the year

Austria is set to experience its first heatwave of the year, with temperatures rising to 30C (86F) in several states, according to forecasts from Austria’s Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG).

Already this Wednesday, the Western state of Tyrol will see high temperatures ranging from 25C to 30C. The state residents can also expect a lot of sunshine throughout the day.

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This Thursday, Styria will be affected by the high temperatures, getting the warmest day of the year so far. In the southeast, it will be up to 30C, and in Upper Styria, 24C to 29C. In all other states, including Vienna, temperatures can get as high as 29C.

With rain expected to fall over the entire country on Friday, temperatures will drop again.

The beginning of the weekend should see a maximum of 26C in East Tyrol. Also on Saturday, as thunderstorms affect mainly the West of Austria.

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On Sunday, though, the sun is expected to shine again in most of the country. Maximum temperatures should be between 25C and 28C, according to ZAMG.

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