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'Sheep's Chill' cold snap hits Germany

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'Sheep's Chill' cold snap hits Germany
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08:29 CEST+02:00
An early summer weather pattern known as Schafskälte, or “Sheep’s Chill," has arrived in Germany, bringing chilly polar air, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Wednesday.

For the next few days, the typical June cold snap will mean temperatures between 14 and 22 degrees Celsius for most parts of the country – though ground frost is possible overnight in certain areas, the DWD reported.

On Wednesday, the northern and eastern parts of Germany will be cloudy with a chance of isolated thunder storms while temperatures remain a cool 15 to 19 degrees Celsius. The rest of the country will remain clear, with warmer temperatures in the Upper Rhine region.

Wednesday night will remain cloudy with temperatures between four and 10 degrees Celsius. Ground frost in central and south Germany is likely, meteorologists reported.

The weather on Thursday will be changeable with high temperatures between 14 and 20 degrees Celsius.

Cool temperatures between 15 and 21 degrees Celsius will continue on Friday with rain showers and thunder storms expected in northern and eastern Germany. By evening heavy winds and rain will also likely move south.

Schafskälte is a meteorological singularity that arrives in central Europe and Germany in June of most years. The weather pattern brings cool and humid air that generally lowers temperatures by 5 to 10 degrees Celsius.

The name “Sheep’s Chill” comes from the fact that sheep have usually already been shorn by June, making the cold weather a threat to their health.

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