Odin’s wrath brings storms to Germany

Odin’s wrath brings storms to Germany
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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).

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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