Odin’s wrath brings storms to Germany

A low-pressure area named after the Norse god Odin brought storms and flooding to central Germany on Monday, but summery weather is on its way soon, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Odin’s wrath brings storms to Germany
Photo: DPA

Northern Germany is currently cool and dry, while southern Germany is muggy and warm. Between the two weather systems is Odin, the low-pressure area, hovering over central Germany, especially the state of Hesse.

The region experienced severe storms Sunday night and early Monday morning as the hot and cool fronts mixed. One motorist lost his life when his vehicle overturned in the storm. Emergency authorities in Wiesbaden received over 50 calls about flooded basements. Power outages and a burning roof were reported near the town of Rheingau.

Odin should finish transiting Germany by Tuesday and calm will soon follow, leading to “a friendly, early summer day,” on Wednesday for most parts of Germany, according to DWD meteorologist Helmut Malewski.

Highs on Tuesday will reach 14 to 20 degrees in northern and central Germany and 20 to 25 degrees in the south. A few showers and storms may linger around Hesse and central Germany through Tuesday evening.

The last clouds will be banished by Wednesday morning, when blue skies will reign. Temperatures will climb as high as 28 degrees in southwestern Germany. But dour northern Germans will have reason to frown again by Thursday when clouds and rain return. The temperature will hover between 17 and 24 degrees.

Those lucky enough to be in the central and southern regions of Germany will able to strip down to their birthday suits and frolic outside, where “bathing weather” is expected, said Andreas Meingaßner from the meteomedia weather service. Highs could reach a semi-tropical 31 degrees in the sunny parts of Germany.

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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.