Germany faces hot and stormy weekend

The mercury is set to soar this weekend in Germany, as shifting high pressure system “Otto” brings high temperatures and occasionally heavy thunderstorms to much of the country.

Germany faces hot and stormy weekend
Photo: DPA

With “Otto” parked over Scandinavia, the hot and stormy mass of air just below the pressure system will slide further to Germany’s northeast, according to meteorologist Stefan Eisenbach from Meteomedia.

The German Weather Service said the location of thunderstorms would be difficult to pin in coming days, but they could be as severe as the one that hit northern Hesse on Wednesday night that brought so much hail it had to be cleared by snowploughs.

Friday will begin with sunny and dry weather throughout much of Germany, but heavy thunderstorms will hit the western part of the country by afternoon. Although cooler in the west and along the coast, temperatures will generally range from 25 to 31 degree Celsius.

The mercury will climb on Saturday with summer temperatures up to 33 degrees expected in the northeast – making Germany hotter than Spain but still cooler than the record heat currently hitting much of southeastern Europe.

The stormy weather in the southwest will keep things cooler at 20 to 26 degrees. But even the thunderstorms there will occasionally give way to the sunshine that will dominate across much of the northern coast and eastern part of the country. Strong gusts might accompany the thunderstorms, but the wind will otherwise be calmer than on Friday.

Germany will continue to roast on Sunday, with temperatures near 30 in much of the country. The northeast will once again be the sunniest region, but scattered showers can still occur throughout the day.

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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.