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Balmy and dry weekend forecast

It might be time to test your beachwear for the summer, as dry and sunny weather heats up the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) said Friday.

Balmy and dry weekend forecast
Photo: DPA

“The nightly plunge in temperatures is over, for now,” said DWD meteorologist Dorothea Paetzold in a statement.

“Ever warmer air is coming Germany’s direction from the south, keeping things dry,” she added. “Brief storms are possible beginning Sunday in the west, but that is all.”

Germany will remain mostly warm, sunny and dry on Friday, despite clouds that could cover western regions in the afternoon. High temperatures will reach 19 degrees Celsius in the northeast and 25 degrees along the Rhine River, while mountainous and coastal regions will be cooled by winds out of the southwest.

Skies Friday night will be clear, with temperatures sinking to 13 degrees in the west and 4 degrees in the southeast, where ground frost remains a possibility.

On Saturday, expect the dry, sunny weather to continue. The mercury will rise to summer-like levels, climbing to 22 degrees in the northeast and 28 degrees in the West. Saturday night’s clear skies will make for good stargazing, with temperatures hovering around 14 degrees in the west and 6 degrees in the southeast.

Sunday will see more of the same. Other than possible rain clouds and brief thunderstorms in the west, most of the country will be sunny and dry, with temperatures at 22 degrees in the northeast and 29 degrees in the southwest.

Coastal and highland regions, meanwhile, will see temperatures between 15 and 19 degrees, with a cool breeze blowing from the southeast.

Scattered thunderstorms are possible Sunday night, but most regions will remain clear, cooling down to 13 degrees in the west and 6 degrees in the Alpine foothills.

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Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Over the weekend, large parts of Germany saw early snowfall, but will it continue throughout the winter?

Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Many parts of Germany experienced an early white Christmas over the weekend, as snow fell from Berlin to the Baltic Sea. Hesse also saw at least the first swirl of snowflakes and there was light snow in the Siegerland and the Hochsauerland districts of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Some areas of the country were hit particularly hard by the snow – a few centimetres of snow fell in Kassel, while large parts of Bavaria experienced heavy snowfall on Saturday.

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There were also numerous accidents on icy roads in North Rhine-Westphalia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein and Bavaria. 

Will there be more snowfall this week?

Snowfall is expected at the beginning of the week in some areas in Thuringia and Saxony, while further south, there is likely to be snowfall only at high altitudes – such as in the Bavarian Alps.

Snow lies on the beach in Zingst, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Georg Moritz

In the coming days, temperatures will rise again and the weather will become milder. According to the German Weather Service (DWD) temperatures will hover between 5C and 12C for most of the country, while only the northeast and east see maximum temperatures of 0C to 4C.

Will there be more snow this winter?

2022 has already broken weather records in Germany – the period from January to the end of October was the warmest since weather records began almost 140 years ago.

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Various weather models have already simulated the coming winter in Europe and Germany and provide estimations on how much warmer the coming winter is likely to be than from the years 1961 to 1990.

The models created by NASA, DWD, and the Climate Forecast System all agree that trend of rising temperatures will probably continue over the winter. Between December and February, it’s expected that the mercury will be between 1C and 3C higher than it was between 1961 and 1990. 

Meteorologist Corinna Borau from wetter.com told the Frankfurter Rundschau that she thinks that it’s extremely unlikely that there will be further snowfall in December in Germany.

“If the month looks rather dry and too mild overall, then we can’t expect large amounts of snow” Borau said. 

According to Borau, January is unlikely to be a “snow bomb” either, though it will still “feel like winter” and snow is only expected to fall sporadically. In February, however, the chances of snowfall are higher than in previous months.

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