Cooler and rainier weather heralds coming autumn

Germany will get a taste of the coming autumn this week, as the country's weather turns cool and wet, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Monday.

Cooler and rainier weather heralds coming autumn
Photo: DPA

Though Monday started mostly sunny across much of Germany, heavy rainfall was expected later in the day, DWD meteorologist Olaf Pels Leusden said in a statement. Calling this week’s weather a “harbinger of autumn,” temperatures would still be fairly warm, between 21 and 28 degrees Celsius.

Overnight, the country will experience gusty winds along the North Sea coast while central and southern Germany will see rain and some thunderstorms, Leusden said.

Tuesday will be partly cloudy with rain in the south and possibly the northwest. High temperatures will range from 18 degrees along the still windy northern coast and 24 degrees in the Upper Rhine region.

The rainfall and cloud cover in the south will slowly subside overnight, and temperatures are expected to dip as low as 8 degrees, Leusden said.

More rain is expected for northern and central German on Wednesday, though, with a few showers in the Alps as well. Temperatures will be decidedly cooler, with the mercury ranging between 17 degrees along the northern coast and 20 degrees elsewhere. Stormy winds will still be likely for coastal areas.

Thursday could prove to be a bit friendlier, with scattered cloud cover and rain only in the north. Meanwhile temperatures will increase a bit, ranging between 18 degrees on the coast and 26 in the southwest, Leusden said.

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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.