Heavy snow to follow record lows

Parts of Germany on Tuesday experienced the coldest temperatures of the winter so far, with overnight lows dipping to -21 degrees Celsius. But meteorologists are predicting even chillier weather and heavy snowstorms for the coming days.

Heavy snow to follow record lows
Photo: DPA

At least 14 homeless people have died of exposure to the brutal cold this winter, according to an advocacy group. The BAG aid organisation said it had not seen such a catastrophic winter since 25 homeless died in 1996-1997.

Weather service Meteomedia reported unusually frigid temperatures in the states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Brandenburg, registering -21.3 degrees in Ueckermünde and -21 degrees Goldberg. The last years to see temperatures so low were 2006.

Snow and freezing temperatures significantly delayed train traffic on Tuesday in Lower Saxony and Bremen due to frozen junction plates on tracks, a spokesperson for national rail provider Deutsche Bahn said. High speed ICE trains were also cancelled because cars couldn’t be attached due to the extreme temperatures.

See photos of winter’s icy grip on Germany.

Meanwhile dozens of flights at the Munich Airport were cancelled due to heavy snowfall despite non-stop cleanup efforts, a spokesperson said. Snowfall also forced 17 flight delays at the Frankfurt Airport.

Though icebreakers were also out in force, shipping traffic along rivers and canals remained hindered by ice and harbours faced heavy financial losses for their failure to deliver.

Police reported countless accidents due to slippery roads, and workers for the ADAC automobile club said they were overwhelmed with calls to assist with dead car batteries, frozen doors and cracked radiators.

“Right now we have everything outside that has wheels and legs,” an ADAC spokesperson in Hamburg said.

Hospitals there also reported double their normal traffic for broken bones, concussions and contusions thanks to winter weather accidents.

Even wildlife are struggling to survive as the frost persists. A frozen snow crust in many places prevents deer and other animals from finding food, the LJVB hunting association for Brandenburg reported, calling the situation an “emergency” for the animals.

But weather reports do not predict a respite for wildlife, drivers, or emergency workers in the next few days. A low-pressure storm from Scandinavia will bring negative temperatures, high winds, more than five centimetres of snow and freezing rain to northern Germany beginning on Tuesday night, the German Weather Service reported.

Snow will continue in southern Germany through Wednesday and by Thursday up to 20 centimetres of snow may be on the ground.

More of the white stuff can be expected across the country on Thursday and Friday to, the DWD said, with heaviest accumulation in mountainous regions.

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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.