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Snow pile for sale on eBay

As the snow keeps falling in Germany, an enterprising man in the state of Saxony has decided to auction off a huge pile of the white stuff on eBay. But the winning bidder will have to arrange their own delivery.

Snow pile for sale on eBay
Photo: eBay

The pile, some five metres wide and 1.5 metres high, had more than 100 bids by midday Wednesday, topping out at over €210.

“I didn’t know where to put the snow any longer,” 37-year-old seller Michael Kroll told daily Bild. “My neighbour gave me the crazy idea.”

According to the construction worker’s description, the condition of the snow pile is “used” with “a few signs of wear” but in good shape.

“We don’t need it any longer because we’ll be getting a new one soon,” the eBay description continues.

Kroll told Bild he plans to donate the online auction proceeds to his son Max’s kindergarten.

A number of potential bidders have played along with the humorous notion, posting questions about whether the snow happened to be yellow, had a patent, was melt-resistant or came with free beer.

The auction ends December 17.

The Local/ka

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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.

READ ALSO: Germany sees record temperatures

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.

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