Berlin boasts brilliant fall leaves and a hefty cleanup bill

This year’s weather is making for particularly colorful autumn leaves in Berlin, daily Bild reported on Wednesday, but the beauty costs money – the city pays €27 for each of the 18,000 tonnes of leaves they remove.

Berlin boasts brilliant fall leaves and a hefty cleanup bill
We're as in love with Berlin as it is with itself... Photo: DPA

The next several sunny but cool days will bring fall leaves to their showy best, after which some 80,000 tonnes of leaves will litter the city landscape, the paper reported.

Berlin municipal services only remove 18,000 tonnes of the fallen foliage from streets, parks, and public spaces, transporting most of it to outlying areas where private firms compost the leaves. The entire operation, which could fill 2,600 train cars, costs nearly half a million euros.

Berlin is one of Europe’s greenest cities, with 416,000 trees lining the streets alone, the paper reported. Trees in the famous Tiergarten park will drop 1,100 tonnes of red, yellow and orange leaves this fall, and this weekend will be ideal for viewing.

“We can really look forward to this weekend,” German Weather Service spokesman Thomas Ruppert told the paper. “Until Sunday afternoon it will be the best autumn weather – cool, but dry and sunny up to 18 degrees Celsius.”

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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.