Week gets off to a cool and rainy start

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25 Jul, 2011 Updated Mon 25 Jul 2011 14:16 CEST
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Germany faces a cool and rainy start to the week, but the low pressure system interrupting summer is slowly starting to dissipate, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

However, the nasty weather system "Otto" currently stuck over Denmark will only gradually give way to warmer – but not necessarily sunnier – days.

“For days, (Otto) has given us dark rain clouds combined with gusty winds and frigid temperatures,” said DWD meteorologist Simon Trippler in a statement on Monday. “Slowly he’s losing strength.”

But Trippler said this month was still likely to be the coldest July in the past decade. And although temperatures are likely to climb midweek, they will be accompanied by more rain across much of the country.

“The warmer air will still be wet, meaning rainfall will segue into showers and thunderstorms,” Trippler said.

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Otto’s last gasp will stretch from Schleswig-Holstein all the way to Bavaria on Monday, bringing rain that sweeps eastward over the course of the day. Temperatures will range between 15 and 20 degrees Celsius – though the extreme western parts of Germany could peak at 23 degrees. Overnight lows will drop to 15 degrees all the way down to a chilly seven degrees in southern Bavaria.

Tuesday will start changeable, with showers and thunderstorms possible. Only the east and southeast are likely to remain dry. Temperatures will climb to between 19 and 24 degrees. As things cool off towards the evening, patchy fog could form. Overnight lows will drop to between 15 and nine degrees.

The sun will begin to show itself by the middle of the week, but central and southern regions could see showers even on Wednesday afternoon. Highs will range between 20 and 25 degrees.

Thursday will likely bring more rain to the south, elsewhere the skies will be partly cloudy. The north is likely to have more sunshine and temperatures will top out between 17 degrees near the Alps and 25 degrees in the east.

The Local/mry



2011/07/25 14:16

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