Flooding from heavy rain closes roads in Bavaria

Heavy and constant rain in southern Bavaria has caused road closures amid widespread flooding. A host of rivers haven broken their banks and snow has even fallen in the highest Alpine regions.

Flooding from heavy rain closes roads in Bavaria
Photo: DPA

Flooding was reported in Upper Bavaria, with the towns of Traunstein, Berchtesgaden and Altötting particularly badly hit. The rivers Isar, Iller, Lech and Wertach broke their banks after nearly 70 litres per square metre of rain fell within 24 hours.

Flood warnings have been issued for areas around the Tiroler Achen, Traun, Salzach and Saalach rivers, while experts say they expect rain and thus further flooding to continue for the next two days in the region.

Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, was covered with 60 centimetres of new snow, taking the total coverage there to 275 centimetres.

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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.