Summer forecast: Warm, tornadoes possible

Meteorologists are predicting a warm summer that is drier than average, although there's the possibility of storms and even tornadoes.

Summer forecast: Warm, tornadoes possible
Photo: DPA

The weather services and both expect a warm summer, though the official German Weather Service (DWD) says it is pointless to try to predict more than 10 days at a time. meteorologist Karsten Brandt said odds were “high that the weather will turn out sunny with a tendency to be dry.” meteorologist Dominik Jung also predicted a warm, albeit changeable summer.

“Short heatwaves of a few days will be followed quickly by cooling in the form of fierce storms with heavy rains,” Jung said, adding that tornadoes were possible.

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But the official German Weather Service’s (DWD) Helmut Malewski said in a statement that predicting more that 10 days ahead is like “reading tea leaves.”

His official forecast for this week is that the unsettled weather of recent days is set to continue even as warmer temperatures arrive in the middle of the week before things cool down again.

Sunny periods will alternate with showers and even thunderstorms, Malewski said. The middle of the week will be somewhat warmer, with temperatures creeping up to about 30 degrees Celsius in southeastern Bavaria.

Patches of rain will be the constant feature of the week. After a cool but mostly dry Monday night with overnight lows of between nine and 15 degrees Celsius, Tuesday will bring scattered cloud with some rainfall turning to heavy showers and thunderstorms in parts of the country. High temperatures will rise to between 21 and 25 degrees in the south and between 17 and 22 degrees in the north.

Showers will continue into the early evening but should clear up during the night, especially in the centre and north of the country. Overnight lows will range from 10 to 16 degrees.

Wednesday will be changeable with sunny periods interspersed with thick cloud. The south and east of the country will enjoy the more pleasant weather early on. Scattered showers will appear particularly in the west and north. But as the day progresses, the south and southeast may see thunderstorms. High temperatures will range from 20 degrees on the North Sea coast to about 30 degrees in southeast Bavaria.

Overnight lows will range from 12 to 16 degrees.

Thursday will also be changeable albeit cooler with high temperatures ranging from 17 to 21 degrees.

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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.

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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.