Heavy snow expected by Friday

A low front from the North Sea will bring up to 20 centimetres of snow to Germany by Friday, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported this week.

Heavy snow expected by Friday
A file photo of last week's snowstorm revelers. Photo: DPA

An offshoot of the “Sabrina” low front will first bring rain and fog to the north and northwest on Tuesday, but by Wednesday residents will see snow and sleet in the south and east of the country, the DWD reported. Areas higher than 400 metres in altitude can expect snow of between five and 10 centimetres, with temperatures between zero and six degrees Celsius.

Kids can dust of their sleds for the weekend, because by Friday a large swathe of the country – from the Schwarzwald forest and low Swabian Alb mountain range to the states of Saxony and Thuringia – will see between five and 20 centimetres of snow, meteorologist Jens Hoffmann said from the DWD headquarters in Offenbach. Temperatures will remain near freezing in the rest of the country.

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Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

Europe's blistering summer may not be over yet, but 2022 is already breaking records, with nearly 660,000 hectares ravaged since January, according to the EU's satellite monitoring service.

Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

And while countries on the Mediterranean have normally been the main seats of fires in Europe, this year, other countries are also suffering heavily.

Fires this year have forced people to flee their homes, destroyed buildings and burned forests in EU countries, including Austria, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Some 659,541 hectares (1.6 million acres) have been destroyed so far, data from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) showed, setting a record at this point in the year since data collection began in 2006.

Europe has suffered a series of heatwaves, forest fires and historic drought that experts say are being driven by human-induced climate change.

They warn more frequent and longer heatwaves are on the way.

The worst-affected country has been Spain, where fire has destroyed 244,924 hectares, according to EFFIS data.

The EFFIS uses satellite data from the EU’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS).

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The data comes after CAMS said Friday that 2022 was a record year for wildfire activity in southwestern Europe and warned that a large proportion of western Europe was now in “extreme fire danger”.

“2022 is already a record year, just below 2017,” EFFIS coordinator Jesus San-Miguel said. In 2017, 420,913 hectares had burned by August 13, rising to 988,087 hectares by the end of the year.

“The situation in terms of drought and extremely high temperatures has affected all of Europe this year and the overall situation in the region is worrying, while we are still in the middle of the fire season,” he said.

Since 2010, there had been a trend towards more fires in central and northern Europe, with fires in countries that “normally do not experience fires in their territory”, he added.

“The overall fire season in the EU is really driven mainly by countries in the Mediterranean region, except in years like this one, in which fires also happen in central and northern regions,” he added.