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Storms followed by cooler end to week

After a warm but stormy middle of the week, temperatures will drop across Germany on Thursday for the cooler but drier end to the week, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Storms followed by cooler end to week
Photo: DPA

A low pressure system was set to move from France into southwest Germany on Tuesday, bringing storms, rain and hail, spreading across the country on Wednesday. Meanwhile, air coming down from the North Sea will bring cooler temperatures across the country in the second half of the week, DWD meteorologist Helmut Malewski said in a statement.

Tuesday afternoon will remain sunny in much of the country. But after a warm afternoon, heavier clouds would gather in the south and southwest in the evening, bringing the first storms. The east of the country will be only partially cloudy. Temperatures will drop to 21 degrees in the southwest and 11 degrees in the far north overnight, Malewski said.

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Wednesday will be warm but stormy. Residents of the southeast will see sunshine but otherwise, Germany will be dominated by thick cloud and storms, including squalls and even hail. High temperatures will reach 30 degrees in the east and southeast, and between 20 and 24 degrees in the west.

There is a threat of strong winds, even reaching gale force levels at times in the north.

Wednesday night will be cloudy with long rainy periods in the east and southeast, though the west will be comparatively dry. Overnight lows will get down to 17 degrees in the east and 10 degrees in the west.

Rain will persist in the north on Thursday, sometimes falling heavily. The alpine regions will be similarly wet. Otherwise conditions will remain cloudy but with only isolated showers. High temperatures will range from 17 to 22 degrees. Westerly winds will be light to moderate but stronger, stormy winds can be expected in the north, on the coasts and in the central mountain areas.

Overnight lows will drop to between 10 and 14 degrees.

Friday, clouds will remain early in the day to the north of the central highlands but break up in the afternoon. For the rest of the country the cloud cover will be scattered with sunny spells and little or no rain. Highs on Friday will range from 18 to 22 degrees before dropping to between nine and 13 degrees overnight.

The Local/djw

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Snowfall due at the weekend as winter arrives in Germany

After a cold blast at the end of November, winter in Germany is set to begin with yet more snow, making it the perfect time to dig out a puffer coat and get out to Christmas market.

Snowfall due at the weekend as winter arrives in Germany

German punctuality has struck once again as winter looks set to arrive right on cue this year, with a flurry of snowfall, ice and frosty conditions in several regions of the country.

According to the German Weather Service (DWD), Saxony-Anhalt could see the mercury drop as low as -6C on Friday as snow continues to fall until the afternoon. The Harz mountains will also get a festive dusting of snow, with temperatures ranging from -1 to -3C in the coming days.   

Saturday is set to be overcast in the region with up to 5cm of snowfall, but things could dry up on Sunday as temperatures rise to a nippy 1-3C. The eastern states of Saxony and Thuringia can also expect icy conditions and snow over the weekend.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, snow is also expected at higher altitudes. In eastern Westphalia and in the Sauerland region, there could be light snowfall or sleet, DWD reported on Friday. Drivers and cyclists should exercise caution as roads are likely to become slippery due to fresh snow or freezing rain.

DWD explains that two high-pressure areas are currently causing colder winds to sweep across Germany. The first, which caused snow to fall overnight across central Germany, is gradually heading south towards France – though the second is set to bring another icy spell to the country on Friday evening and into Saturday.

Bavaria will be the first to experience the chill as the high-pressure zone travels across the Alps overnight. 

The southern state is likely to have a soggy start to the weekend, with rain falling at lower altitudes – though more hilly and mountainous areas will see some snow. But as temperatures drop during the night, residents of Bavaria could see as much as 5cm as snow on Saturday morning.

READ ALSO: Surviving winter: 8 tips for enjoying the cold like a true German

The rest of the weekend will likely be marked by uniform grey skies, frost and drizzle, though those lucky enough to live in an Alpine region could see a few precious rays of sunshine too.

The weather will also take a distinctly wintry turn in Berlin and Brandenburg over the weekend, as the cold front sweeps across northeastern Germany on Saturday and towards the Baltic Sea. 

Friday is likely to be mostly chilly and overcast, with occasional rain or sleet and maximum temperatures of 2C. 

In the night, however, southern Brandenburg will start to see some fresh snowfall, which will move up across Berlin and to the north of Brandenburg over the course of Saturday.

Snow falls outside the Reichstag in Berlin

Snow falls outside the Reichstag in Berlin on Wednesday. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Christoph Soeder

Berliners should be sure to wrap up if they’re heading out to enjoy the festive scenes, since the mercury is likely to hover between zero and -2C. 

Will the snow settle? 

Unfortunately the dusting of white is unlikely to stick around long in most places – so make your snow angels while you can. 

Misty or overcast skies will return on Advent Sunday, while occasional drizzle could well turn Saturday’s snow into slush. Hilly and mountainous regions will be the only ones treated to an extra helping of snow.

Meanwhile, Monday is set to get off to a soggy and wet start, with rainfall in most regions and temperatures between 1C and 5C. 

READ ALSO: Will Germany see more snow this winter?

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