Week gets off to a cool and rainy start

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).

Week gets off to a cool and rainy start
Photo: DPA

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

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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.

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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. 

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