Floodwaters heading towards Germany

Deadly floods that have hit eastern and central Europe are expected to reach Germany over the weekend though with less intensity, authorities said on Wednesday.

Floodwaters heading towards Germany
Bundeswehr officials check Oder dikes on Wednesday in Brandenburg. Photo: DPA

High water will reach the German section of the Oder River in the eastern state of Brandenburg over the Pentecost holiday weekend, according to projections based on measurements near Racibórz, the most southerly water gauge on the Polish section of the river.

Levels there remained high but constant on both Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Brandenburg state environmental agency. At 8.84 metres high, they are still about 1.6 metres below levels that caused devastating floods in 1997.

Though upriver gauges in central Poland water showed levels above high water warning levels on Tuesday, the Brandenburg agency said it did not expect an equally bad surge by the time the floodwaters reach Germany.

Heavy rains near the Oder headwaters and beyond have been blamed for massive flooding in southern Poland. In Krakow hundreds of people had to be rescued after a dam on the Vistula River broke.

Meanwhile at least seven people were reported dead and thousand left without electricity or evacuated in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia and Hungary.

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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.