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'White Christmas' likely across much of Germany

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'White Christmas' likely across much of Germany
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07:00 CET+01:00
Despite erratic weather that will bring rain and temperatures as warm as 10 degrees Celsius in southern Germany this week, much of the nation can expect a “White Christmas,” the German Weather Service (DWD) predicts.

The DWD has forecast rising temperatures over the next few days, but chilly polar air would sweep back down over Germany around the end of the week.

“The way to church in most areas will be white or it will even be snowing,” DWD meteorologist Christina Speicher said in a statement.

Rain was expected early Wednesday in southwestern Germany, notably in southern Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland.

“The white glory will probably not survive until Christmas Eve in southwestern Germany, at least in the lowlands,” Speicher said.

With high temperatures later in the week between five and 10 degrees Celsius in the south, snow would melt fast.

“The chances of a ‘White Christmas' there are still not bad, however,” she said.

By Christmas Eve on Friday, new snow was expected across much of the country.

Snowfall would be especially long and plentiful on the northern sides of the Alps and the central mountain areas. Only the northwest of the country could expect snowless skies.

Across the country, high temperatures would reach between -2 degrees and 3 degrees. On Friday night, going into Christmas Day, it will snow particularly in the south and east of the country. Towards the north and the west, it will be clearer.

Low temperatures will lie between -1 degree in the southeast and -8 degrees in the west on Friday night.

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