Year’s first heat wave set to hit Germany

The first heat wave of the year is set to hit Germany this week, with temperatures poised to crack 30 degrees Celsius in the southwestern part of the country.

Year's first heat wave set to hit Germany
Photo: DPA

The hot air blasting up from Africa won’t likely make it all the way to Germany’s northern coast, according to the German Weather Service in Offenbach. However, the front will bring the north its first measurable amount of precipitation in weeks.

On Monday, the north will see scattered showers with occasional thunderstorms. The rest of Germany will be cloudy yet dry, and the extreme southwest will experience a few thunderstorms late in the afternoon. A brisk easterly wind will keep the coastal regions up north a cool 15 to 19 degrees. In the rest of Germany, the mercury will hit between 20 and 27 degrees. The far south will get a sampling of the coming heat wave with pockets of temperatures rising to 30 degrees. Monday night will cool down to 11 to 16 degrees.

On Tuesday, much of the country will remain dry outside of the north. Mountainous regions could experience occasional thunderstorms. Average temperatures will hit 22 to 28 degrees, but the southwest will start to sweat with highs well into the 30s.

Wednesday will bring showers and thunderstorms in the western part of Germany, and temperatures will range from 17 to 30 degrees.


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.