Severe storms to subside for pleasant weekend

After two nights of severe thunder storms and flooding across parts of the country, the German Weather Service (DWD) on Friday forecast calmer, milder conditions for the weekend.

Severe storms to subside for pleasant weekend
Photo: DPA

For the second night in a row, heavy rain and forceful winds uprooted trees and flooded streets in the states of Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

In Hesse alone the DWD measure some 15,000 lightning strikes between 11 pm and 2 am.

Frankfurt fire fighters were called to emergencies more than 150 times throughout the night – significantly more than the night before.

A tree fell on a petrol tanker truck injuring the driver in Walsberg, near Marburg.

Deutsche Bahn was forced to interrupt train service between Marburg and Kassel and elsewhere in the state due to storm damage to contact wires.

“Countless trees and branches fell on streets overnight and needed to be removed by daylight,” fire department spokesperson Hans-Jürgen Kohnert.

In Rhineland-Palatinate rain water stood some 60 centimetres high on the A6 motorway, sinking cars past their fenders, police reported.

The situation was similar near the Müritz lake in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, with the addition of large hailstones and tornado-force winds, police there reported.

But the DWD said the weather should begin calming down after Friday.

“The ingredients for heavy storms have been around for the last few days and will remain on Friday,” said DWD meteorologist Bernd Zeuschner, adding that some 50 litres of rain per square metre and winds up to 130 kilometres per hour had been registered in parts of southwestern Germany on Thursday night.

The northeast and areas near the Alps in the south can still expect thunderstorms on Friday, he said, but the dark clouds will be mostly gone by Saturday save for localised storms south of the Danube River.

“The rest will enjoy much more comfortable air temperatures,” Zeuschner said in the DWD report. “Not only will the air be cooler, it will also be dryer and less humid.”

On Sunday the cooler temperatures – which will still average a pleasant 20 degrees Celsius – will also reach southern Germany, forcing the remaining stormy weather out.

“It’s shaping up to be a mostly very friendly mix of sun and clouds,” Zeuschner said, adding that there may be a few exceptions with showers in the north and southeast.

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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.