‘Marco’ to treat Germany to sunny holiday weekend

The strong high-pressure system “Marco” will treat Germany to picture-perfect sunny weather over the 3-day holiday weekend, according to the German weather service.

‘Marco’ to treat Germany to sunny holiday weekend
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Coming after a week of near summer temperatures, much of Germany can look forward to as much at 13 to 15 hours of sunshine and not a drop of rain in the coming days, the DWD reported.

“There are signs that the high pressure influence will more or less stick around even beyond Pentecost,” said DWD meteorologist Jens Hoffmann.

With Pfingstmontag, or Whit Monday, a national holiday, Germans eagerly heading into an extended weekend can happily plan a break to the seaside or even just a picnic in the park in flip-flops and sunglasses.

Friday will start the day throughout much of Germany with strong rays of sunshine after some scattered fog is quickly burned off. In the west, high thin clouds won’t ruin the friendly weather and neither will the fluffy cumulous clumps of cloud in the far eastern parts of the country. Temperatures will range from 22 to 27 degrees Celsius, while the coast and the mountains remain a bit cooler.

Friday night will dip to seven to 12 degrees with clear star-filled skies. On Saturday, temperatures will reach 21 to 26 degrees with lots of sunshine. The Lower Rhine region could even hit a balmy 28 degrees Celsius. Only the Alps in the deep south might see some thunderstorms. However, much of southern Germany could occasionally experience a gusty east wind.

The lovely forecast continues into Whit Sunday, when sunny and calm weather will reach from Kiel to Konstanz. Only the eastern and western reaches of Germany will have to contend with a few harmless clouds, and the south along the Alps could see scattered showers. Temperatures will stay put in the high 20s.


What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

Parts of Germany will see another heatwave this week as temperatures soar.

What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

The German Weather Service (DWD) has predicted that the mercury will climb in some regions of to around 34C this week. 

“After low pressure ‘Karin’ gave parts of Germany rain, sometimes in large quantities, high pressure ‘Piet’ is now back in pole position,” said meteorologist Lars Kirchhübel of the DWD.

This high pressure zone will dominate the weather in large parts of western and central Europe over the coming days, the weather expert said, adding that it will reach Germany too. 

On Monday temperatures remained fairly cool across the country after a weekend of showers, but they are set to climb over the course of the week, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday. Forecasters predict it could reach 32C in Stuttgart and 33C in Cologne on Thursday. Locally, temperatures could reach 34C. 

However, from the Oder and Neisse rivers to the Erzgebirge mountains and southeast Bavaria, denser clouds and some showers are to be expected. This is due to a high-level low pressure system over the Balkan region, according to forecasters. Short showers are also possible in the Black Forest.

“In most of the rest of the country, high ‘Piet’ will be able to hold its ground,” said Kirchhübel.

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At the end of the week, thunderstorms are forecast but temperatures are expected to remain high. 

August in Germany ‘too dry’

According to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, August as a whole – apart from a few areas in eastern Germany – will be too dry compared to the multi-year average.

The Black Forest, the High Rhine and the Allgäu to the Bavarian Forest, however, are not expected to have any major problems due to the high rainfall of the past few days.

“Looking at Rhineland-Palatinate, the southern half of Hesse, the western half of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Franconia shows a different picture,” said Kirchhübel. In the last 30 days, only about 10 percent of the usual level of precipitation fell in some places.

“At some stations, no precipitation at all has been measured in August,” added Kirchhübel, referencing Würzburg as an example.

Rainfall at the weekend caused the water in the Rhine river to rise slightly. In Emmerich, the water level reached a positive value again after the historic low of the past few days: in the morning, it showed three centimetres – an increase of six centimetres compared to the previous day.

The water level also rose by several centimetres at the other measuring points in North Rhine-Westphalia: in Cologne, the level rose to 80cm and in Düsseldorf to 38cm.

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Despite this encouraging trend, the Waterways and Shipping Authority said it did not expect a huge improvement in water levels in the foreseeable future due to more hot weather coming.