Winter weather to return just in time for first day of spring

Just when spring seemed to be peering over the horizon, Old Man Winter is apparently scheduled for another visit this week, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday.

Winter weather to return just in time for first day of spring
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Friday is the first official day of spring, but Arctic winds are due to bring night frost, chilly winds and even snow to some parts of the country as early as Tuesday, DWD meteorologist Jens Hoffmann said.

Thick cloud cover should begin making its way from north to south on Tuesday, bringing rain to eastern and southeastern parts of the country, with altitudes above 700 to 1100 metres seeing possible snow. The western half of the country can expect a few rain drops, with temperatures rising to seven degrees Celsius on the islands in the north and 14 degrees in Oberrheingraben in southwestern Germany.

By Tuesday night, temperatures will have decreased to four degrees Celsius in coastal areas and minus three degrees in some hilly regions.

Wednesday should be mostly precipitation-free with partly cloudy skies throughout most of the country, the DWD reported.

Conditions are expected remain disappointing on Thursday, with temperatures oscillating between two and eight degrees, except in the west and southwest where temperatures could climb as high as 10 degrees Celsius.


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.