More snow, sub-zero temperatures to start the week

After a brief weekend thaw from the cold snap that has gripped Germany for much of December, the German Weather Service (DWD) predicted Sunday that snow and freezing temperatures would make a comeback starting Monday.

More snow, sub-zero temperatures to start the week
Photo: DPA

With warmer temperatures on Saturday and Sunday, some Germans traded their winter gear for waterproof boots, as melting snow made for slush-filled sidewalks and street corners. But the Monday forecast from the DWD in Offenbach anticipates new snowfall and cloudy skies in the east of the country.

Western areas should be spared precipitation at the start of a new week, with lots of sunshine earlier in the day on Monday. Temperatures around the country are expected to drop as low as minus 6 degrees Celsius.

Southwestern Germany is the exception, with the DWD predicting drier and sunnier weather and temperatures up to 2 degrees there. The rest of the country could see snow overnight.

On Tuesday, the east is expected to see intermittent snowfall, with cloudy weather in most areas. Temperatures in the north are estimated to fall between zero and minus 2 degrees.

The DWD anticipates similar conditions for Wednesday, complete with clouds in the east and south and more snowfall. Western and northwestern Germany could see some sunshine, but temperatures further west and near the North Sea should linger around zero.

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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.