Just kidding! Winter isn’t over yet

A chilly weather pattern known as Märzwinter, or “March winter” will not spare Germany this year. Experts await Arctic air and snow showers throughout the week, despite the early signs of spring that gave false hope just days ago.

Just kidding! Winter isn't over yet
Photo: DPA

The central European weather phenomenon can bring an unwelcome final winter blast of frosty temperatures in mid-March, often when the previous winter proved mild.

“A significant temperature increase won’t occur before the weekend,” said Gustav Puhr from the Meteomedia weather service.

This year’s Märzwinter low pressure system is called “Herbert.” The temperamental weather formation is currently resting over Eastern Europe after feeding off a high pressure system over the northern Atlantic Ocean.

Because the low pressure system moves counter-clockwise, and a high pressure system moves clockwise, the two entities can create strong airflow from the north, German Weather Service (DWD) meteorologist Thomas Ruppert said on Monday.

The same chain of events can also lead to a cold snap called Eisheilige, or “Ice Saints” in May, and the Schafskälte, or “Lamb’s Chill” in June.

Unfortunately, knowing a bit about the causes and charming names for unpleasant weather patterns won’t be much consolation to those forced to brave heavy showers, sleet and snow on Tuesday as temperatures remain between two and nine degrees Celsius.

On Wednesday, most of Germany will be treated to mirthless cloud cover carrying more rain and heavy snow for higher altitudes, particularly in the Alps. Southerly winds could turn violent at high altitude as temperatures remain below seven degrees Celsius.

While Thursday will begin to show signs of warmer weather to come, the south will still have to contend with dreary clouds, rain and snow. The northern parts of the country will be slightly less wet.

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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.