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Summer takes a break as cool weather returns

Summer weather will be taking a break for the remainder of the week, particularly in the southern state of Bavaria, where high altitudes could even see snow, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Wednesday.

Summer takes a break as cool weather returns
Boo, Germany, booooooooooooooo. Photo: DPA

“For the rest of the week and also the coming weekend the weather signs will remain on summer break,” meteorologist Andreas Friedrich said in a statement. “One will have to adapt to autumn-like weather for the next few days mainly in Bavaria, where summer holidays just began.”

Vacationers in the southern Bavarian Alps hoping for summer hiking conditions will be disappointed, with snow expected at altitudes higher than 2,500 metres.

But in the northern and western states the weather will be decidedly friendlier with patchy cloud cover and temperatures up to a pleasant 25 degrees Celsius, Friedrich said.

On Wednesday the sun will continue to shine in the east and the south, where skies will stay dry until evening when rainfall is expected. Highs will reach between 19 and 25 degrees.

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Overnight thick cloud cover and rain will continue in eastern and southeastern regions, with similar weather expected for Thursday, when only the north will see sunshine. Temperatures will top out at just 15 degrees in Alpine regions, and up to 25 degrees in central Germany, the DWD said.

More rain is expected in the east on Friday, with even heavier showers further south in Bavaria. Western and northern states will be mostly spared the nasty weather, with mild temperatures and dry conditions. Highs for the day will top out around 15 degrees near the Alps and 25 degrees in the eastern state of Brandenburg.

Friday night will bring yet more precipitation in Saxony and southeastern Bavaria, with possible severe thunderstorms. The same regions will remain cloudy and wet on Saturday, with temperatures expected to range between 20 degrees in Bavaria and 28 in the Upper Rhine region.

Only as the new work week begins will summer reappear, Friedrich said.

“Then all of German can expect high summer weather again,” he said, adding that highs will climb again to more than 30 degrees.

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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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