Arctic storm bringing widespread snow Friday

A stormy Arctic cold front is expected to sweep across Germany over the weekend, bringing snow, frost and below-freezing temperatures from north to south by Friday, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Wednesday.

Arctic storm bringing widespread snow Friday
Photo: DPA

“This wintry scenario may be the most spectacular weather event since the windstorm ‘Kyrill’ in January 2007,” said DWD meteorologist Andreas Friedrich in Offenbach. Reaching wind speeds of 225 kilometers per hour, last year’s windstorm “Kyrill” took 47 lives in central Europe and caused millions of euros in damage.

Heavy rains are forecasted for Thursday, sweeping from northern Germany all the way south as the day progresses. With strong west winds expected, the highest temperature estimates for Thursday lie between 6 degrees Celsius (43 degrees Fahrenheit) in the southeast and 11 degrees in the northwest.

Meteorologists predict the upcoming cold front will first hit the Baltic Sea coast with snow showers Friday morning, making its way to the northern edge of the central mountainous regions by noon. Up to 15 centimetres of snow are possible in higher elevations. Meanwhile heavy rain showers are predicted Friday in central and southern Germany. Snowfall from the middle mountainous regions is expected to reach the Alps by evening, but this time, the lowlands will also get a dusting.

Friday temperatures in the northeast will reach 5 degrees; while temperatures in the west and south temperatures from zero to three degrees Celsius are forecasted.

Break out the box of hats and gloves for some snowy fun with the kids this weekend, because the DWD predicts snow showers will spread out on Friday night into Saturday morning. Temperatures will drop again, ranging from 0 to -5 degrees Celsius. Saturday skies will remain cloudy, with further snow and hail showers. The highest temperature estimates range from -2 degrees in southern Bavaria and 4 degrees in the Emsland region of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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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.