Flood danger puts Saxony on alert

Flood warnings have been issued in parts of the eastern state of Saxony following unrelenting rain and rising river levels, officials announced early Tuesday morning.

Flood danger puts Saxony on alert
Photo: DPA

Seven weeks after the area suffered severe flooding, the districts of Görlitz and Meißen were on high alert as officials monitored the tense situation.

By Tuesday, up to 100 millimetres per square metre of rain had fallen in the area, officials estimated. The water was not draining but rather collecting in fields and meadows, created flooding.

Many streets were flooded, disrupting local traffic.

Once again, the Neiße river was posing particular dangers. In Zittau, the water gauge stood at 3.57 metres at 4:30 am, triggering a stage four alert, the highest level.

In Görlitz the Neiße reached a level of 5.74 metres, also corresponding to stage four. The water level during the severe floods of August stood at more than seven metres at this point.

The highest alert level was also reached in the Schwarze Schöps, a tributary to the Spree river in Krobnitz and Jänkendorf where the water reached 3.05 metres and 2.10 metres respectively. Another section, the Weißen Schöps, also reached stage four.

In the district of Meißen, the emergency alarm was also sounded with stage four water levels recorded in Großdittmannsdorf and Kleinraschütz. Streets were flooded in Großenhain.

For now, there were no problems with the dykes that contain the rivers, in either the Görlitz or the Meißen districts.

The German Weather Service (DWD) however has issued storm warnings.

A spokesman for emergency services told broadcaster Görlitz and Meißen that about 40,000 sandbags were ready to be used in Zittau and Niesky.

The water gauge on the Elbe river was also rising strongly.

At the beginning of August, floods caused several hundred million euros’ worth of damage in eastern Saxony. The dyke that broke on that occasion is under close observation, officials have 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.