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‘Sheep’s Chill’ cold snap hits Germany

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.

'Sheep's Chill' cold snap hits Germany
Photo: DPA

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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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.

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