Wet and stormy weekend ahead

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.

Wet and stormy weekend ahead
Photo: DPA

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.

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Snowfall due at the weekend as winter arrives in Germany

After a cold blast at the end of November, winter in Germany is set to begin with yet more snow, making it the perfect time to dig out a puffer coat and get out to Christmas market.

Snowfall due at the weekend as winter arrives in Germany

German punctuality has struck once again as winter looks set to arrive right on cue this year, with a flurry of snowfall, ice and frosty conditions in several regions of the country.

According to the German Weather Service (DWD), Saxony-Anhalt could see the mercury drop as low as -6C on Friday as snow continues to fall until the afternoon. The Harz mountains will also get a festive dusting of snow, with temperatures ranging from -1 to -3C in the coming days.   

Saturday is set to be overcast in the region with up to 5cm of snowfall, but things could dry up on Sunday as temperatures rise to a nippy 1-3C. The eastern states of Saxony and Thuringia can also expect icy conditions and snow over the weekend.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, snow is also expected at higher altitudes. In eastern Westphalia and in the Sauerland region, there could be light snowfall or sleet, DWD reported on Friday. Drivers and cyclists should exercise caution as roads are likely to become slippery due to fresh snow or freezing rain.

DWD explains that two high-pressure areas are currently causing colder winds to sweep across Germany. The first, which caused snow to fall overnight across central Germany, is gradually heading south towards France – though the second is set to bring another icy spell to the country on Friday evening and into Saturday.

Bavaria will be the first to experience the chill as the high-pressure zone travels across the Alps overnight. 

The southern state is likely to have a soggy start to the weekend, with rain falling at lower altitudes – though more hilly and mountainous areas will see some snow. But as temperatures drop during the night, residents of Bavaria could see as much as 5cm as snow on Saturday morning.

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The rest of the weekend will likely be marked by uniform grey skies, frost and drizzle, though those lucky enough to live in an Alpine region could see a few precious rays of sunshine too.

The weather will also take a distinctly wintry turn in Berlin and Brandenburg over the weekend, as the cold front sweeps across northeastern Germany on Saturday and towards the Baltic Sea. 

Friday is likely to be mostly chilly and overcast, with occasional rain or sleet and maximum temperatures of 2C. 

In the night, however, southern Brandenburg will start to see some fresh snowfall, which will move up across Berlin and to the north of Brandenburg over the course of Saturday.

Snow falls outside the Reichstag in Berlin

Snow falls outside the Reichstag in Berlin on Wednesday. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Christoph Soeder

Berliners should be sure to wrap up if they’re heading out to enjoy the festive scenes, since the mercury is likely to hover between zero and -2C. 

Will the snow settle? 

Unfortunately the dusting of white is unlikely to stick around long in most places – so make your snow angels while you can. 

Misty or overcast skies will return on Advent Sunday, while occasional drizzle could well turn Saturday’s snow into slush. Hilly and mountainous regions will be the only ones treated to an extra helping of snow.

Meanwhile, Monday is set to get off to a soggy and wet start, with rainfall in most regions and temperatures between 1C and 5C. 

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