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Rainy days and frosty nights ahead

Cool and wet temperatures are expected for the coming days, with nighttime temperatures dropping low enough for frost, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Monday.

Rainy days and frosty nights ahead
Tourists brave the rain in Dresden. Photo: DPA

“The Ice Saints standing at the door will do honour to their names this year,” the DWD said in a statement, referring to the farming folklore that cold weather comes to the country during the mid-May feast days of several saints.

Monday will be partly cloudy and changeable, with rain and scattered thunderstorms expected in central and southern regions, where temperatures will top out between 13 and 18 degrees Celsius. Coastal areas will remain mostly dry, with temperatures ranging between 11 and 15 degrees, the DWD reported.

Overnight more rain is expected in central and southern Germany, with low temperatures dropping as low and one degree Celsius in the north.

Tuesday’s weather will also be stormy and rainy, with highs reaching 10 degrees on the northern coast and 20 degrees in the southeast.

Further rain can be expected in the east on Wednesday, but elsewhere the day will be mild with isolated showers. Meanwhile the northwest will likely remain dry, with temperatures nationwide ranging from 12 to 20 degrees during the day.

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WILDFIRES

Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

Europe's blistering summer may not be over yet, but 2022 is already breaking records, with nearly 660,000 hectares ravaged since January, according to the EU's satellite monitoring service.

Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

And while countries on the Mediterranean have normally been the main seats of fires in Europe, this year, other countries are also suffering heavily.

Fires this year have forced people to flee their homes, destroyed buildings and burned forests in EU countries, including Austria, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Some 659,541 hectares (1.6 million acres) have been destroyed so far, data from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) showed, setting a record at this point in the year since data collection began in 2006.

Europe has suffered a series of heatwaves, forest fires and historic drought that experts say are being driven by human-induced climate change.

They warn more frequent and longer heatwaves are on the way.

The worst-affected country has been Spain, where fire has destroyed 244,924 hectares, according to EFFIS data.

The EFFIS uses satellite data from the EU’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS).

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: How the climate crisis is hitting Europe hard

The data comes after CAMS said Friday that 2022 was a record year for wildfire activity in southwestern Europe and warned that a large proportion of western Europe was now in “extreme fire danger”.

“2022 is already a record year, just below 2017,” EFFIS coordinator Jesus San-Miguel said. In 2017, 420,913 hectares had burned by August 13, rising to 988,087 hectares by the end of the year.

“The situation in terms of drought and extremely high temperatures has affected all of Europe this year and the overall situation in the region is worrying, while we are still in the middle of the fire season,” he said.

Since 2010, there had been a trend towards more fires in central and northern Europe, with fires in countries that “normally do not experience fires in their territory”, he added.

“The overall fire season in the EU is really driven mainly by countries in the Mediterranean region, except in years like this one, in which fires also happen in central and northern regions,” he added.

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