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Wet and stormy weekend ahead

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Wet and stormy weekend ahead
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13:43 CEST+02:00
This weekend might be the official start of summer, but you might prefer to put your barbecue plans on hold with stormy weather and rain expected across much of Germany.

Blame the low-pressure system known as Peter for washing out the family picnic. Currently hovering over the North Sea, old Pete is expected to bring erratic weather and cool air.

“The new week began with momentarily warmer, friendlier and summer-like temperatures, but those are no longer in sight for the time being,” meteorologist Marius Menz from the Meteomedia weather service said.

By Friday, all of southern Germany will be covered with clouds. Recreational yodelers will want to take cover in Alpine huts, as the mountain range is expected to receive prolonged periods of heavy rain and thunderstorms.

Germany’s northwest will also get rain on Friday, especially in the coastal regions, though the sun will pop out from time to time to tease residents with a glimpse of summer. By late afternoon and evening, rain will give way to longer periods of sun. Temperatures will hover between 15 and 20 degrees, though the Rhine-Main area could be slightly warmer.

The sun will make another appearance Saturday, peeping through the clouds more frequently though rain showers and localised thunderstorms will also continue. The Alpine foothills will remain socked in with clouds, though the rain will ease off a bit. Temperatures will be in the 16 to 21 degree range.

On Sunday, the weather will be highly variable in the south but the storms will die out completely, though temperatures could reach a distinctly-unsummery 12 degrees. North Germans will be able to snub their noses at their southern rivals as the weather improves more dramatically there, with more frequent periods of sunshine and highs of 22 degrees around Berlin.

Click here for The Local's weather forecast.

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