Blustery storm ‘Emma’ slams Germany

Germany is facing a wet and stormy weekend as the low-pressure system ‘Emma’ prepares to roll through Central Europe.

Blustery storm ‘Emma’ slams Germany
Photo: dpa

The brutal cold front blowing in from the North Sea could hit northern Germany with high winds and torrential downpours as soon as the early hours of Saturday morning, according to the Meteomedia weather service. “Another trough of low pressure could cause further stormy conditions in some areas on Sunday,” said meteorologist Gustav Puhr.

The German Weather Service (DWD) expects that nearly the entire country will have to contend with gale force winds up to 95 kilometres an hour on Saturday. Particularly hard hit will be open water and mountainous terrain, which would see winds gusting over 118 kilometres an hour. The DWD advises anyone who doesn’t need to go outside to stay warm and dry at home, as trees could be uprooted and roof tiles ripped off houses. “A walk in the woods on Saturday can only be described as a highly unadvisable life-threatening endeavour,” warned the DWD.

According to Meteomedia, torrential rain with possible thundershowers will hit many parts of Germany early Saturday. The heaviest precipitation is expected in the east half of the country and in the Alps and other mountainous regions. Snowfall is likely in elevations over 500 metres. Coastal areas including Hamburg and Bremen could be hit by a storm surge. Temperatures across the country will reach 7 to 11 degrees Celsius, with the extreme southwest reaching 13 degrees.

The weather will calm little late on Saturday as another storm front blows through. Temperatures will drop to between 4 and 8 degrees. Sunday will begin cloudy and wet with the snowfall level fluctuating between 600 and 1,400 metres. Especially the eastern Erzgebirge mountains and parts of Bavaria can expect heavy precipitation. The strong winds will only start to tail off late on Sunday afternoon, as temperatures reach 7 to 12 degrees.

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Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

An extreme heat warning was in place for eastern Germany on Monday, while storms were also set to hit the country.

Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

The German Weather Service (DWD) said temperatures could reach 36C on Monday. 

In the morning, the DWD issued an extreme heat warning for eastern regions, as shown below in the map. 

Map of Germany shows the heat warning in the east on Monday June 27th.

Photo: German Weather Service (DWD)

Forecasters said later on Monday, the south and east of the country would be hit by thunderstorms as well as large hailstones, strong winds and heavy rain.

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In the north, west and centre of Germany, forecasters predicted clouds and some showers. Over the course of Monday, heavy thunderstorms with heavy rain, hailstones and strong winds are also possible in the north.

“Thunderstorms have occurred in the past few days and will continue in the coming days, as the established weather situation will remain virtually unchanged,” said a spokesperson from the DWD. 

However, the large temperature differences are striking: in the west of Germany, the mercury will only reach just above 20C in places.

Overnight to Tuesday, the DWD predicts thunderstorms – some of them heavy – from the Baltic Sea to the Alps, and later there is set to be more showers. It could still reach 28C in some places, especially in the east.

The DWD said: “The risk of thunderstorms will remain in the southern half of the country, while the northern half will calm down after the last thunderstorms have moved to Poland.

“This will change again on Wednesday night, when showers and thunderstorms, some of them thundery, as well as heavy rain will make their way north. On Wednesday, it will be quite unsettled with muggy temperatures almost all over the country.”

Forecasters said the weather will remain changeable for the rest of the week, but it should become more settled from next weekend.