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Thousands stranded at Frankfurt airport

More than 3,000 travellers spent Monday night at the Frankfurt airport after runways were closed down because of snow and ice.

Thousands stranded at Frankfurt airport
Photo: DPA

Authorities at Germany’s biggest airport set up 1,500 camp beds and put another 5,000 passengers whose flights had been cancelled into hotels, an airport spokesman said.

Many passengers also spent the night on board grounded aircraft.

A total of 229 flights through Frankfurt, a key European transport hub, were cancelled on Monday.

The runways were set to open again Tuesday morning and flights were expected to go ahead as scheduled, the airport spokesperson said. According the airport’s website, planes were taking off and landing on Tuesday morning.

“One or another passengers were naturally not particularly happy about the situation,“ the spokesman said. But by and large, things had been “relatively calm” and there had been “no aggression,” he added.

Airport authorities closed the last runways at 10:44 pm Monday night because of the hard-packed snow and ice. Shortly before 3 am Tuesday, one runway had been opened, while others soon followed.

The spokesman said the airport would be “getting a serious move on” Tuesday morning. While the first priority was to move all the travellers who’d spent the night in hotels through the airport and onto their flights, he said that all 560 flights scheduled to take off and land from Frankfurt on Tuesday could go ahead.

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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.

READ ALSO: Germany sees record temperatures

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.

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