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Tornado warnings issued as heat wave continues

The Local · 14 Jul 2010, 14:37

Published: 14 Jul 2010 14:37 GMT+02:00

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The DWD said late afternoon could bring wild weather similar to what battered the north and west on Monday, killing three people and causing tens of millions of euros in damage.

Temperatures, meanwhile, will continue to climb across the country, with highs of 36 degrees Celsius forecast for parts of the east and southwest. Indeed, the heat wave is likely to continue and make July the hottest month in 110 years, the DWD said.

On Wednesday, a storm front approaching from France would bring heavy rain, hail and gales to the region west of the Rhine by late afternoon. Isolated tornadoes could develop in the west and northwest, DWD meteorologist Andreas Friedrich said.

The storms would gradually lose their intensity overnight as they moved east across the country. That will make for a sweaty night in the east, where overnight lows will remain around 23 degrees, compared with a more comfortable 16 degrees to the west.

Thursday will bring sunshine to most of the country, with only some isolated showers and occasional storms in the east and southeast as the storm front passes through in the morning. High temperatures will range from 25 degrees in the northwest to 32 degrees in the eastern state of Brandenburg.

On the whole, however, the heat wave is set to continue for at least 10 more days.

“If you look at today’s computer forecast, all signs point to a continuation of the current heat wave,” Friedrich said. “When it does become cooler for while, as for example on Thursday or Sunday, temperatures will reach between 25 and 30 degrees.

“On other days, temperatures will, for most part, rise clearly above 30 degrees. Widespread high temperatures below 25 degrees are not to be expected before the weekend after next.”

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That would leave only the last six days of the month with much chance of cooler conditions, meaning there was a strong chance July would be the hottest month in Germany in over a century.

Click here for The Local's weather forecast.

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Your comments about this article

16:45 July 14, 2010 by duckys
I wonder if saying..."Dorthy we are in Kansas again..." is a bit too ironic...?
17:29 July 14, 2010 by Mr Goodmorning
I love the Wizard of Oz references. When I was in a high school exchange group in the Kurpalz in October of 1991, my American classmates and I regularly made Wizard of Oz references, usually related to the three-speed bikes loaned to us by our host families, a la Almira Gulch. To our surprise, none of our German hosts had heard of it, despite our having watched it dubbed in German before we left.
19:09 July 14, 2010 by meredith1148
im in Ramstein and its pouring right now. i can hardly see out my window. Some lightning and thunder with a lot of wind. My dog is freaking out lol but finally we get some windd. My house is like a oven.
20:10 July 14, 2010 by Mizzlsd
I'm in Lübeck and whenever there are storms they pass right by us. I always check out www.wetter.com and it was almost as if Lübeck had a magical barrier around it stopping the rain.

20:25 July 14, 2010 by jj2010
CURRENTLY in NAGOLD south west germany, the weather is crazy, lightning, lots of rain and very very strong wind...
20:31 July 14, 2010 by wxman
@Mr Goodmorning's reference to The Wizard of Oz, "To our surprise, none of our German hosts had heard of it..." Since the movie was released in 1939, I suspect most Germans were too preoccupied with invading France, Poland and the USSR to note what Hollywood was doing at the time.
21:59 July 14, 2010 by j.anderson
The thunder, lightning and rain has hit Paderborn but its still really warm
22:30 July 14, 2010 by johannamorgan
I live in Mainz-Mombach and just before and after the nice blow there were almost constant sirens. I heard something about a train on the radio but missed the rest of the broadcast -- anybody know what happened? I couldn't see anything on the Hauptstraße when I ventured out.
02:07 July 15, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Those "tornadoes" might just be the wind whistling through Guido Westerwelle's ears.
19:38 July 16, 2010 by biker hotel harz
Yeah, careful out there and beware false prophets blah, blah blah. We had a call from a load of Dutch bikers telling us they were stuck because of the awaful weather and they'd see us in the morning. I'm thinking where the hell are they-in Holland? Transpires they were in Köln. It was steaming hot here in the Harz and clear skys but sure nuff 3 hours later it hit us!!! Hell on earth wouldn't be a bad description but one hell of a lightshow!
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