Spring joy premature as snow returns
Published: 07 Mar 2013 14:27 GMT+01:00
Updated: 07 Mar 2013 14:27 GMT+01:00
Germany rejoiced earlier this week after what looked like spring peeped over the horizon. But the celebrations were likely premature, as national weather service the DWD has forecast sub-zero temperatures and even snow over the coming days.
Thick clouds gathering over central and north western states should give way to intermittent, heavy, rainfall through Thursday night. In the north, temperatures as low as -2C could mean snow returning. The south should stay dry and most of the country will stick between 1C and 7C.
Those in the north east and across the south of Germany should wake up to clear skies on Friday while everywhere else will open their curtains to a grey, wet day. This rain will make its way to the south west corner of the country through the course of the day.
Highs in the north and north east should stay between a chilly 0C and 4C while the rest of the country could be as warm as 15C. Although it will likely be this warm only in the Upper Rhine region and elsewhere temperatures of around 10C are more probable.
During Friday night most of the country should be blanketed in clouds, with scattered showers possible everywhere except for in the north and north east where it should, once again, snow. Nighttime lows could be anywhere between -2C and 7C.
Saturday could well signal winter's brief return in parts of the north east, with snow forecast between the Ems and Oder regions. It should stay snow-free along the Baltic coast though. Rain is to be expected in the west, while in the south it should be very cloudy but dry.
As so often, the south and south west will be blessed with the warmest weather as temperatures rise to between 7C and 14C, while in the north and east it may only reach 6C, made even colder by a brisk wind.
Snow should really hit central states by Saturday night, leaving the north and north east with clear skies and the south with scattered showers. Highs of 6C and lows of -5C are possible.
Sunday should offer the north and north east a little respite from Saturday's snow, with sunny skies forecast. But in central Germany and southern states, snow will drag across the whole day and could be rather heavy in more hilly areas.
The west should be Sunday's warmest area with highs of 12C expected. In the north and centre of the country, temperatures may stick between -3C and 2C. Meanwhile, sharp winds will whip along the North Sea and Baltic coastlines.
Snow will continue through Sunday night in the middle of the country but in the north it should stay dry. The south and west will likely be rained on as temperatures hover in the low single digits.