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Record lightning strikes Germany
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Record lightning strikes Germany

Published: 06 Jul 2009 12:30 GMT+02:00
Updated: 06 Jul 2009 12:30 GMT+02:00

Over 600,000 bolts of lightning have struck Germany in the past week, a new record, the daily Bild reported Monday.

On Friday alone, 150,000 lightning strikes were recorded within a six hour period. Germany has never experienced as much lightning within a week as it has recently, the newspaper reported, though it did not cite sources.

Where there’s lightning, there’s often rain, and recent rainfall has also been of record proportions. Over 107 litres per cubic metre were recorded flowing into the Oder River on Friday, 1.5 times as much as in an entire month. Parts of Düsseldorf experienced major flooding after storms Friday.

Three people died due to lightning strikes over the weekend, the newspaper reported, with at least four others injured.

The storms were caused in part by hot, humid conditions across Germany. The German Weather Service (DWD) said Monday temperatures will cool across the country this week as a low pressure area moves over the North Sea and Scandinavia.

Tuesday will see variable conditions with heavy clouds and periods of sunshine with showers and short thunderstorms. North-western and south-eastern Germany will be moist with highs of 20 degrees around the North Sea and 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) in eastern Germany.

The weather tease will continue into Wednesday with a mix of clouds, sun, showers and storms. Temperatures will range between 18 and 24 degrees. Things will cool down even more by Thursday, when it will be cloudy with occasional storms and showers and temperatures won’t exceed 22 degrees.

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