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Sunny and warm weather ahead

The weather will get sunnier and temperatures will rise steadily next week as a high pressure system moves into Germany, the German Weather Service reported Saturday.

Sunny and warm weather ahead
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On Sunday, the south and east will be sunny with temperatures approaching 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Fahrenheit). The rest of the country will be cloudy with temperatures between 14 to 19 degrees Celsius (57 and 66 degrees Fahrenheit), with morning showers hitting western Germany. The showers will move eastward throughout the day.

Sunday evening, strong storms could hit central Germany, with temperatures falling to as low as 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit).

Rain is expected in the east on Monday morning, with the weather steadily improving in the west. Highs will be between 18 and 25 degrees Celsius (64 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit). By Monday evening, only the Oder region along the Polish border and southeastern Bavaria will be covered with clouds.

By Tuesday, a high pressure area will arrive bringing with it summery temperatures, drier conditions and blue skies, just in time for the approaching Ascension Day long weekend.

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WILDFIRES

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).

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: How the climate crisis is hitting Europe hard

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.

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