Snow covers mountains

Germany got a taste of the coming winter on Thursday, as many of the country‘s mountainous regions – and even some northern flatlands – were blanketed in up to 24 centimetres of snow, the German Weather Service (DWD) said.

Snow covers mountains
Photo: DPA

The Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains and the Fichtelberg peak in the Ore Mountains both reported eight centimetres of snow, while the Black Forest in the southern state of Baden-Württemberg measured 16 centimetres.

“You can already build a small snowman,” head of the Brocken weather station Claus Adler said.

The low-mountain region in the Bavarian Forest had the most white stuff, reporting 24 centimetres.

Residents up north also awoke to snow in parts of the state of Schleswig-Holstein, but temperatures just above zero prevented much accumulation, the DWD said.

Any accumulation in higher altitudes is unlikely to remain for more than the next few days, though, said DWD meteorologist Christina Speicher, predicting temperatures would soon warm up a bit.

“Wintry spells are not unusual in the early autumn in Germany,” Speicher said, adding that it was time for residents to get snow tires put on their vehicles.

The snowfall came with low pressure system “Saphira,” which brought cold Polar air from the north. But as that system blows out of the country, much of Germany will get a brief respite from the chilly and rainy weather of recent weeks.

Sunshine and partly cloudy conditions are expected over the weekend, with temperatures reaching up to 11 degrees in lower altitudes and just above zero in the mountains.

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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.