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Germany briefly basks in the sun before spring returns

The Local · 3 Apr 2011, 12:37

Published: 03 Apr 2011 12:37 GMT+02:00

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Apart from eastern areas, records were set for April 2, with at least 25 degrees in Hesse, Rhineland Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia as well as Baden-Württemberg, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

But the high pressure weather system Peggy, which graced Germany with a broadly sunny and warm weekend, was set to start losing influence by Monday – and a return to more typical early spring weather is expected in the week.

Storms and lower temperatures were expected on Sunday evening in western and northern areas thanks to low pressure system Günther, the DWD reported.

As the first beer gardens opened their doors in many regions, the ski season in other areas closed, with the last lift in the Bayerische Walt – the Arberlift – closing on Monday.

Sunday was the last skiing day with around 30 centimetres still on the ground on the Großen Arber, although normally there is snow for longer, with around a metre of the white stuff still available in early April.

The DWD said the lack of snow falling in the early part of the year was responsible, rather than higher-than-normal temperatures.

Monday will bring thick cloud cover and rain in the south and east while there is likely to be showers in the north. Top temperatures will be more typical at between 13 and 17 degrees.

Areas with lengthy cloudless intervals could even experience some ground frost on Monday night, the DWD said.

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Tuesday will see more cloud particularly in the north where rain is expected, while Wednesday will also be cloudy with showers. Temperatures in the southwest will be up to 20 and even 25 degrees, while in the north it will remain at a maximum of around 15 degrees.

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Your comments about this article

22:59 April 3, 2011 by Lisa Rusbridge
I find it curious that the German Weather Service (DWD) names the high and low pressure systems: here Peggy and Günther respectively. As far as I know only hurricanes are named in the US, and that's started new each season beginning at the beginning of the alphabet and alternating between male and female names. Is there rhyme or reason to the German names? Are females names always used for the the high pressure systems and males for the lows? I find it amazing that each weather air pressure systems would receive a name as these aren't exactly considered weather events; they just more or less indicate pattern trends.
01:15 April 4, 2011 by rubadub
Did you see the Google Logo today? I'm pretty sure this was all part of Google's plan to make us eat ice cream:

09:45 April 4, 2011 by Angry Ami

They name everything, and they also have diminutives for everything as well, you would be "Lisalein" "little Lisa", I guess that's their way of personalizing everything, my favorite is "unwetter" un-weather meaining storm, they're weird, but they brew good beer ;-)
10:21 April 6, 2011 by Universalismus
I guess umwetter comes from something that is ein oder aus.Like a weather pattern that just sits there breaking hell lose.

25C is by far still chilly, for sure in the shade. But better than 7C in normal German Spring. So its about time the newer German generations have warmer weather. Depression and solitude needs to meet sun.

But still Germans will never understand that 32C weather is warm weather and not 15C or 20C in shorts, sandles and t-shirts... till 9pm.

Konstanz, Freiburg, Bregenz. Im there!

@Angry Ami

They sure brew good beer.
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