Lufthansa offers rain-weary Germans ‘sunshine insurance’

Perhaps aware much of Germany's summer has been grey and wet, airline Lufthansa announced on Wednesday it would offer its customers cash back for rainy holidays.

Lufthansa offers rain-weary Germans 'sunshine insurance'
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From Abu Dhabi to Zagreb, Lufthansa’s “sunshine insurance” will rebate €20 per rainy day up to €200. It must rain more than five millimetres and be recorded as doing so by the weather website

The flights in question start at €119. They must be booked between August 5 and August 18, 2009 and leave Germany between September 1, 2009 and October 31, 2009.

Surprisingly, the destinations aren’t only the sun and surf locations. The 36 cities include New York, which with 406 millimetres (16 inches) of rain has recorded its second wettest June and July ever this year.

The offer is part of Lufthansa’s effort to win back customers. In June, the airline said the number of passengers dropped by 2.8 percent in June compared to the same time last year.

Following that drop, it announced a programme called “Climb 2011,” which means reducing its annual costs by €1 billion. Part of the plan means laying off 20 percent of the administrative staff and re-evaluating its purchase of 160 new planes.

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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.