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Winter hits across Germany with deadly force

The winter weather claimed several lives across Germany at the start of the weekend, with road accidents in icy conditions.

Winter hits across Germany with deadly force
Photo:DPA

Two people died and three more were seriously injured near Fulda in northern Hesse when a minivan slid across the road and into a truck coming in the opposite direction.

A woman died in Königslutter near Braunschweig when she crashed into a truck being used by the winter roads service, which was gritting at the time.

Strong winds of speeds up to 119 kilometres per hour battered the west and south regions of the country, resulting in many fallen trees and blocked roads and railways.

Frankfurt international airport was badly affected with 110 flights cancelled during Friday evening – because the winds were so strong, landings and take-offs could not be conducted safely.

The central train station in Duisburg was evacuated after parts of the roof were torn off in the wind, while in Hilden near Düsseldorf, the whole roof of a block of flats came off and landed on a nearby supermarket.

Many schools in Bavaria, which were scheduled to teach children on Saturday were closed in anticipation of heavy snowfall.

The weekend is expected to remain wintry, with meteorologists predicting heavy snowfall and temperatures around zero for Saturday in the south. The north should remain dry, with sunshine and temperatures up to five degrees.

WEATHER

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.

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