Storm ‘Kirsten’ set to hit Germany

The windy storm that's been hammering Great Britain for the last two days is on its way to northwestern Germany. The country has barely had time to recover from low-pressure storm "Emma," which killed several people and caused significant property damage less than two weeks ago.

Storm 'Kirsten' set to hit Germany
A plane over Hamburg framed by forboding clouds. Photo: dpa

Emma’s windy sister “Kirsten” will likely arrive on Wednesday.

“The low is small but very intense,” said German weather service DWD meteorologist Ansar Engel in Offenbach on Tuesday.

DWD expects gusts to surpass 100 kilometres an hour on Germany’s northern coast. Thunderstorms are also a possibility in higher altitudes.

Engel said the turbulent weather is being caused by strong temperature fluctuations between Newfoundland and south Greenland, and the Atlantic to the south of the two countries.

Part of the same storm pattern causing flight cancellations, major traffic delays, power outages, and property damage in the UK on Monday. Gale force winds of 174 kilometres per hour were recorded in Langdon Bay in Kent county on Monday.

Also on Monday, the northern German town of Lübeck recorded a taste of what’s to come – winds of 144 kilometres per hour.


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.