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
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“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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What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

Parts of Germany will see another heatwave this week as temperatures soar.

What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

The German Weather Service (DWD) has predicted that the mercury will climb in some regions of to around 34C this week. 

“After low pressure ‘Karin’ gave parts of Germany rain, sometimes in large quantities, high pressure ‘Piet’ is now back in pole position,” said meteorologist Lars Kirchhübel of the DWD.

This high pressure zone will dominate the weather in large parts of western and central Europe over the coming days, the weather expert said, adding that it will reach Germany too. 

On Monday temperatures remained fairly cool across the country after a weekend of showers, but they are set to climb over the course of the week, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday. Forecasters predict it could reach 32C in Stuttgart and 33C in Cologne on Thursday. Locally, temperatures could reach 34C. 

However, from the Oder and Neisse rivers to the Erzgebirge mountains and southeast Bavaria, denser clouds and some showers are to be expected. This is due to a high-level low pressure system over the Balkan region, according to forecasters. Short showers are also possible in the Black Forest.

“In most of the rest of the country, high ‘Piet’ will be able to hold its ground,” said Kirchhübel.

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At the end of the week, thunderstorms are forecast but temperatures are expected to remain high. 

August in Germany ‘too dry’

According to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, August as a whole – apart from a few areas in eastern Germany – will be too dry compared to the multi-year average.

The Black Forest, the High Rhine and the Allgäu to the Bavarian Forest, however, are not expected to have any major problems due to the high rainfall of the past few days.

“Looking at Rhineland-Palatinate, the southern half of Hesse, the western half of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Franconia shows a different picture,” said Kirchhübel. In the last 30 days, only about 10 percent of the usual level of precipitation fell in some places.

“At some stations, no precipitation at all has been measured in August,” added Kirchhübel, referencing Würzburg as an example.

Rainfall at the weekend caused the water in the Rhine river to rise slightly. In Emmerich, the water level reached a positive value again after the historic low of the past few days: in the morning, it showed three centimetres – an increase of six centimetres compared to the previous day.

The water level also rose by several centimetres at the other measuring points in North Rhine-Westphalia: in Cologne, the level rose to 80cm and in Düsseldorf to 38cm.

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Despite this encouraging trend, the Waterways and Shipping Authority said it did not expect a huge improvement in water levels in the foreseeable future due to more hot weather coming.