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Germany set for muggy hot weekend

After weeks of unseasonably cool temperatures and showers, much of Germany is set to have a muggy and hot weekend.

Germany set for muggy hot weekend
This little piggy went wee-wee-wee all the way home. Photo: DPA

The high pressure system named “Volker” will ensure that the extreme northeast sees summer return in style, but southwestern Germany could experience isolated thunderstorms bringing heavy rains, gusty winds and possible hail heading into the weekend.

Saturday will be sunny north of the Elbe River and partly cloudy to cloudy moving further south. Thunderstorms will roll across the land later in the day. Temperatures in the northeast could hit 32 degrees Celsius and the rest of the country will see highs from 25 to 29 degrees.

On Sunday the sun will shine upon most of Germany, though the south and west could become cloudy later in the day. Strong isolated thunderstorms are likely over the course of the day. The mercury in north half of the country will hit 28 to 33 degrees. Elsewhere temperatures will range from 24 to 29 degrees.

Summer will keep its hold over Germany heading into the next week with sunny weather and temperatures over well over 30 degrees.

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WILDFIRES

Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

Europe's blistering summer may not be over yet, but 2022 is already breaking records, with nearly 660,000 hectares ravaged since January, according to the EU's satellite monitoring service.

Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

And while countries on the Mediterranean have normally been the main seats of fires in Europe, this year, other countries are also suffering heavily.

Fires this year have forced people to flee their homes, destroyed buildings and burned forests in EU countries, including Austria, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Some 659,541 hectares (1.6 million acres) have been destroyed so far, data from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) showed, setting a record at this point in the year since data collection began in 2006.

Europe has suffered a series of heatwaves, forest fires and historic drought that experts say are being driven by human-induced climate change.

They warn more frequent and longer heatwaves are on the way.

The worst-affected country has been Spain, where fire has destroyed 244,924 hectares, according to EFFIS data.

The EFFIS uses satellite data from the EU’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS).

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: How the climate crisis is hitting Europe hard

The data comes after CAMS said Friday that 2022 was a record year for wildfire activity in southwestern Europe and warned that a large proportion of western Europe was now in “extreme fire danger”.

“2022 is already a record year, just below 2017,” EFFIS coordinator Jesus San-Miguel said. In 2017, 420,913 hectares had burned by August 13, rising to 988,087 hectares by the end of the year.

“The situation in terms of drought and extremely high temperatures has affected all of Europe this year and the overall situation in the region is worrying, while we are still in the middle of the fire season,” he said.

Since 2010, there had been a trend towards more fires in central and northern Europe, with fires in countries that “normally do not experience fires in their territory”, he added.

“The overall fire season in the EU is really driven mainly by countries in the Mediterranean region, except in years like this one, in which fires also happen in central and northern regions,” he added.

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