States clean up amidst more severe weather warnings

Stormy weather walloped Germany Tuesday night causing heavy damage, including disruption to train services, fires and the death of 120 pigs.

States clean up amidst more severe weather warnings
Photo: DPA

Most parts of Germany remain on severe weather alert Wednesday as meteorologists are calling for heavy showers, strong winds and thunderstorms across the country, with a chance of tornadoes.

“If tornadoes are a threat, we’ll only know on short-notice,” said meteorologist Thomas Sävert.

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia was hardest hit by Tuesday night’s storms. Police responded to three fires caused by lightning near the city of Soest. Another call brought them to a farm where 120 pigs perished in their stalls of unknown causes.

Further south in Aachen, a freight train crashed into a felled tree. The driver was slightly injured but it took clean-up crews until Wednesday morning to restore regular traffic along the route.

A felled tree also blocked one lane of traffic on the A1 motorway near Cologne. The city also suffered damaged trees and road signs that were knocked over by the storm.

The states of Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse, Saxony, Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt also reported heavy storms. No injuries were reported from those states.

More storms are expected to move into southeastern Bavaria by Thursday night.

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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.