Weather extremes bring record heat and flooding
It was a weekend of extremes in Germany, as many cities reported high temperature records for November while others suffered torrential rain, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported.
Dresden’s Strehlen district saw the balmy high of 20.5 degrees Celsius on Sunday, beating 1969’s November record of 19 degrees, DWD meteorologist Peter Hartmann said.
Temperatures in the states of Hesse, Thuringia, Saxony, Brandenburg and Berlin were all close to or slightly higher than previous heat records for the month, he added.
“Never before has the region been as warm on the 14th of November since records began,” said Karsten Kürbis meteorologist for private weather service Meteogroup.
In Berlin’s Dahlem district thermometers gauged a sunny 17.6 degrees, while nearby in Potsdam Sunday strolls were accompanied by a pleasant 17.5 degrees – both some two degrees higher than the 1926 record of 15.7 and 15.1 degrees respectively.
But elsewhere in Germany, mainly in the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony, the weather was not nearly as friendly, with some areas receiving a month’s worth of rain in less than two days.
Police and rescue services were out around the clock tending to countless flooded streets and cellars, they said.
Several sections of motorways had to be closed off, including the A40 between Dortmund and Duisburg as well as the A33 near Paderborn and the A61 near Mönchengladbach.
The main problem brought on by storm front “Carmen” was the combination of heavy rain with autumn leaf-fall, which blocked drainage systems.