Snow on the way from Greenland

Snow on the way from Greenland
Lowfront Doreen clouds Hannover's old city centre Friday. Photo:DPA
Germans should make the most of this weekend’s mild temperatures, because an arctic cold front is expected to bring snow early next week, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Friday.

Northern Germany will be blessed with warm air from the Atlantic brought by low front “Doreen,” keeping temperatures to around 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit) over the weekend – but don’t break out your bikini just yet, as it will be cloudy and rainy.

On Saturday, the sun could shine through the fog in the southern reaches of the country, but it will be a bit cooler, around 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit). Meteorologist Ansgar Engel at the DWD headquarters in Offenbach said southern residents could also expect frost overnight.

On Sunday, northern Germany could see a bit of sunshine through the cloud cover, though rainy conditions will remain. The country’s high temperatures will be in the southeast, between 6 and 9 degrees Celsius (43 and 48 degrees Fahrenheit). Meanwhile strong gusts of wind will begin on the northern Baltic Sea coast as a cold front moves in from icy Greenland.

The frigid air from the north will show its full force by Monday afternoon with cooler temperatures and heavy cloud cover and raindrops. Snow in the Alps is possible, DWD reported.

By Wednesday snow could fall even at lower altitudes, according to weather service Meteomedia.

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