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Wet cold to put damper on spring respite

The lovely spring weather of the last several days will give way to colder, rainier conditions later this week, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday.

Wet cold to put damper on spring respite
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“Already by the middle of the week there will be a farewell,” DWD meteorologist Martin Jonas said in a statement. “A farewell to spring, which though barely arrived, has already booked a return ticket south.”

A high-pressure system from Scandinavia will force temperatures to plummet, while a Mediterranean front will bring moisture from the south.

“Up until Saturday all of Germany will see rain again and again – and the temperatures will fall with the raindrops,” Jonas said.

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While Tuesday will be dry in most parts of Germany, the northeast could see a few showers early in the day, with temperatures as high as 14 degrees Celsius. Further south highs could even reach a balmy 19 degrees.

But overnight lows will drop as low as -3 degrees in higher altitudes, where residents can expect some frost and high winds, the DWD said.

Wednesday will dawn with cloud cover that will turn to rain across the country with cool temperatures between four and nine degrees in the north, and 10 and 15 degrees in the south.

A brisk northerly wind is likely to create stormy conditions in coastal areas too, the DWD said.

More rain is likely for Thursday, with even cooler temperatures of between seven and 12 degrees. The northern coast is unlikely to see highs above five degrees, though, with more stormy conditions in store.

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Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

Europe's blistering summer may not be over yet, but 2022 is already breaking records, with nearly 660,000 hectares ravaged since January, according to the EU's satellite monitoring service.

Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

And while countries on the Mediterranean have normally been the main seats of fires in Europe, this year, other countries are also suffering heavily.

Fires this year have forced people to flee their homes, destroyed buildings and burned forests in EU countries, including Austria, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Some 659,541 hectares (1.6 million acres) have been destroyed so far, data from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) showed, setting a record at this point in the year since data collection began in 2006.

Europe has suffered a series of heatwaves, forest fires and historic drought that experts say are being driven by human-induced climate change.

They warn more frequent and longer heatwaves are on the way.

The worst-affected country has been Spain, where fire has destroyed 244,924 hectares, according to EFFIS data.

The EFFIS uses satellite data from the EU’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS).

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: How the climate crisis is hitting Europe hard

The data comes after CAMS said Friday that 2022 was a record year for wildfire activity in southwestern Europe and warned that a large proportion of western Europe was now in “extreme fire danger”.

“2022 is already a record year, just below 2017,” EFFIS coordinator Jesus San-Miguel said. In 2017, 420,913 hectares had burned by August 13, rising to 988,087 hectares by the end of the year.

“The situation in terms of drought and extremely high temperatures has affected all of Europe this year and the overall situation in the region is worrying, while we are still in the middle of the fire season,” he said.

Since 2010, there had been a trend towards more fires in central and northern Europe, with fires in countries that “normally do not experience fires in their territory”, he added.

“The overall fire season in the EU is really driven mainly by countries in the Mediterranean region, except in years like this one, in which fires also happen in central and northern regions,” he added.

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