Stormy weather to keep volcanic ash at bay

The cool and rainy weather this week might be a lousy start to May, but it does have the advantage of keeping German skies free from the volcanic ash currently crippling Irish air traffic.

Stormy weather to keep volcanic ash at bay
Photo: DPA

Andreas Friedrich, a meteorologist for the German Weather Service (DWD), said on Tuesday that the low pressure system “Ulrike” was likely to keep more ash spewing from a volcano in Iceland from impacting flights in German airspace. Airports in Ireland and parts of Scotland temporarily closed down on Monday evening amid renewed safety concerns that grounded air travel across Europe last month.

Friedrich said “Ulrike” will keep German skies safe until at least the weekend, but it will also bring plenty of rain from the Mediterranean.

Tuesday will remain cloudy and cool across most of Germany, with showers expected in the south in the evening. Temperatures will reach only nine degrees Celsius on the coast, with brisk wind expected. The rest of the country will see highs of 10 to 15 degrees.

Overnight there could even be frost as temps drop to zero to four degrees. Meanwhile the south will have lows of three to seven degrees.

On Wednesday, the north will see some sunshine and remain mostly dry. But the southern regions will experience showers and the Alps could see scattered thunder storms. Temperatures will range between 11 and 15 degrees, though the coast will remain cooler and windy around 10 degrees. Higher altitudes in the Black Forest and the Alps might also experience gusty winds.

The rain will continue in the south on Thursday, but the northwestern part of the country is expected to remain dry. Highs will hit 11 to 16 degrees and the overnight lows won’t be quite so frosty at three to nine degrees.

The DWD said the weekend could see the return of temperatures more typical for May, with highs edging towards the 20-degree mark.

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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.