• Germany edition
 
Berlin faces record cold start to December
Photo: DPA

Berlin faces record cold start to December

Published: 01 Dec 2010 07:56 GMT+01:00
Updated: 01 Dec 2010 11:36 GMT+01:00

DWD meteorologist Gerd Saalfrank said the temperature could drop as low as -13 degrees Celsius overnight with wind chill taking the effective temperature down to -22 degrees. The surrounding state of Brandenburg would be even colder.

The daunting news came as flight cancellations continued at Germany’s busiest airport Wednesday morning with Frankfurt stopping at least 39 flights because of snow and ice.

Click here for photos of the winter weather chaos.

Saalfrank said the previous record for the lowest temperature in Berlin on December 1 was -10.8 degrees in 1931.

“We have a good chance of beating that,” he said. “We’re expecting temperatures overnight in Berlin to be as low as -12 or -13 degrees. In Brandenburg you can add another two degrees below that.”

It would snow through the night, dumping five centimetres on Berlin and 10 centimetres in Brandenburg, he added.

Weather service Meteomedia’s storm centre warned of heavy snowfall for the northern states of Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania for Wednesday night. Parts of those states could expect 15 centimetres of snow, the centre said.

Frankfurt airport’s western runway was only partly usable because of strong winds of up to 15 knots. Pilots were free to decide whether or not to fly. Airport spokeswoman Waltraud Riehemann said at least 39 flights had been cancelled and many more delayed.

Air traffic was taking off and landing normally in Berlin, said a spokeswoman for Berliner Flughäfen, which manages Tegel and Schönefeld airports.

“There have been no reports to me that flights will be cancelled today because of bad weather,” she said.

On Tuesday, some 300 flights had been cancelled at Frankfurt because of snow and ice on the runways, leaving thousands of travellers stranded. About 400 camp beds were set up for people with nowhere else to stay, though most were taken to hotels.

Click here for The Local's weather forecast.

DPA/dw

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

09:48 December 1, 2010 by Clapoti
"some 300 flights had been cancelled because of snow and ice on the runways"

Well just remove the snow and ice and there you go... what do you think they do at airports in Canada, Russia, Finland, ... ???
10:22 December 1, 2010 by PawD
If this was happening in New Delhi then I wouldn't have been surprised... but I am really surprised this is happening in the most economically prosperous country of Europe... c'mon it snows every winter... why can't the authorities be more prepared?
10:23 December 1, 2010 by Clapoti
Yeah I really don't understand that either.
11:11 December 1, 2010 by dbert4
As usual, this story is a poor excuse for the German version. The whole story is that Lufthansa is blaming FRAPORT AG for the flight cancelations which happened less because of runway ice than because of airplane ice. The cancelations reflect on the inability of FRAPORT to de-ice planes in the quantity which the irlines need and their contract requires. Lufthansa has accused FRAPORT of insufficent manning.
12:20 December 1, 2010 by catjones
London flights canceled? No problem, take the chunnel. Oh, wait, it's winter. Trains get stuck. What to do, what to do.
15:22 December 1, 2010 by jameswren
oh what a shock! Berlin not prepared for winter, just like last year! Every street is a death trap with pavements covered in 10 inches of thick ice, thank god we moved to Austria where stuff actually gets done. Berlin, I know people say you are poor, but this isn't very sexy either. Still, I don't have to sit on that god awful ubahn and look at those miserable idiots wearing black on my way to the crappy end of Freidrichstrasse....!!!
19:32 December 1, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
It's official! Global warming has been fixed! Can we unfix it till next spring?
22:15 December 1, 2010 by DinhoPilot
Breaking News. Scientists discover the earth is not actually warming up but cooling down. Researchers are now puzzled with what is called "Global cooling"...
08:54 December 2, 2010 by So36
@jameswren. I don't know what you're ranting about, they're shoving the streets as I type with Prussian efficiency. Now you just have deal with an entire nation of Austrians. Viel Spass.
09:54 December 2, 2010 by Clapoti
Ok, after the airplanes... somebody has to explain to me why the S-Bahn cannot run properly when there is not even 5 cm of fresh snow... it's a train... on tracks...
13:31 December 2, 2010 by canadianinberlin
@Clapoti, come now, English trams are the best example, it's the wrong type of leaves.. er, snow!
12:11 December 3, 2010 by mehta_p
The Day After Tommorrow...!!!

unexpectedly too early snow fall
Today's headlines
Stakes rise in Oracle-SAP copyright fight
Photo: DPA

Stakes rise in Oracle-SAP copyright fight

US appeals court on Friday ruled that Oracle be given a choice between $356.7 million or a new trial for its copyright lawsuit against German rival SAP. READ  

Court rules against child porn suspect Edathy
Former SPD MP Sebastian Edathy photographed at a press conference in February. Photo: DPA

Court rules against child porn suspect Edathy

The Constitutional Court on Friday rejected an attempt by former Social Democratic (SPD) MP Sebastian Edathy to have evidence against him thrown out in his trial for possession of child pornography. READ  

Student busted in case of misdelivered hash
Photo: DPA

Student busted in case of misdelivered hash

A Bavarian student expecting a cannabis delivery was collared by "Commissioner Fluke" after acting surprised in front of policemen when he saw his letter box was empty. READ  

Security fears block Germany-Israel match
German and Israeli fans cheer in the stands during a friendly in Leipzig in 2012. Photo: DPA

Security fears block Germany-Israel match

A friendly soccer match against Israel marking 50 years of diplomatic ties has been called off amid security concerns and the escalation of the Middle East conflict, the German Football Federation (DFB) said on Friday. READ  

Germany's brain drain is Europe's gain
Inside the terminal at the Frankfurt International Airport. Photo: Shutterstock

Germany's brain drain is Europe's gain

Figures from the European Union show that while many German professionals are able to find work abroad with their well-recognised qualifications, Germany doesn't always extend the same courtesy to foreigners. READ  

S-Bahn arson in support of refugees, group claims
Passengers at Berlin's Ostkreuz station yesterday as information screens relay news of the disruption. Photo: DPA

S-Bahn arson in support of refugees, group claims

A radical left-wing group claimed responsibility on Friday for an arson attack that cut power to several S-Bahn lines and caused transport chaos in Berlin, saying it was intended to awaken people to the plight of refugees. READ  

Pilots' strike over, but disruption continues
Passengers in Hannover check departure boards showing cancelled Germanwings flights. Photo: DPA

Pilots' strike over, but disruption continues

UPDATE: Germanwings pilots have ended their six-hour strike which grounded 116 flights and up to 15,000 passengers of Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings on Friday. READ  

Man narrowly escapes unwelcome drop-in
Emergency services use a crane to lift the fallen crane in Cologne. Photo: DPA

Man narrowly escapes unwelcome drop-in

A Cologne resident was pinned to his bed after a 40-metre construction crane toppled onto his home early on Friday. READ  

'Further sanctions' could hit Russia, says Merkel
Merkel looking grave at Thursday's West Balkan conference in Berlin. Photo: DPA

'Further sanctions' could hit Russia, says Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that European leaders will discuss the worsening Ukraine crisis and possible further sanctions against Russia at a weekend summit. READ  

UK-Germany rivalries live again in Champs League
Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm with fellow World Cup champion Bastian Schweinsteiger. Photo: DPA

UK-Germany rivalries live again in Champs League

The 2014-15 Champions League draw yesterday brought déjà-vu for English and German clubs as old opponents found themselves facing off once again. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: Shutterstock
Gallery
Ten of the oddest things found by German border control
Photo: Gerkan, Marg and Partners/Tegel Projekt GmbH/J. Mayer
Berlin
How will Berlin look in five years' time?
Photo: DPA
Culture
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? 10 reasons why you should
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The best of Berlin's mayor Klaus Wowereit in 14 pictures
Photo: DPA
Politics
Germany sends burgers and sausages to Kurds
Photo: Matthias Kock
National
Tribes, ties and a movie: A German's Afghan life
Photo: DPA
Gallery
10 things to do before summer in Germany is really over
Photo: DPA
Gallery
The mysteries of Berlin's abandoned theme park
Photo: Europeana.de 1914 - 1918
Gallery
A German soldier's life behind WWI lines
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,480
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd