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Steady rain causes flooding in eastern Germany

The continuous rain over the last few days has led to overflowing rivers and flooded streets in parts of eastern Germany. Emergency services have been called out and sand bags distributed to some residents.

Steady rain causes flooding in eastern Germany
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In Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, in northeastern Germany, fire departments, the Technisches Hilfswerk relief organization and volunteers have been kept busy trying to keep rising waters under control.

In the towns of Graal-Müritz and Greifswald, water reservoirs are threatening to overflow. Emergency workers have had to pump water from the reservoirs in Graal-Müritz directly into the Baltic Sea.

Rising waters have also threatened parts of Rostock although the situation has now become less tense, according to a fire department spokesperson. The region is seeing an improvement in the weather on Sunday.

A powerful front began dumping rain on Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania on Friday. It continued most of the day on Saturday, moving south of other parts of eastern Germany.

In Meißen in Saxony, one street had to be closed because of flooding while in nearby Coswig several streets were nearly under water.

Because of an overall let-up in the rain, traffic officials said on Sunday they don’t expect the situation to deteriorate substantially. In much of eastern Germany, water levels are staying fairly constant, although authorities say they are not yet sinking.

Germany’s wet summer also means it should prepare itself for an oncoming wave of biting insects, according to researcher Burkhard Schricker. Because of the cool temperatures, insect larvae have developed slowly.

“But as soon as we have a warmer day, we’re going to suddenly have a whole lot of mosquitoes,” he said.

At least all the rain is good news for mushroom fans. The soggy weather means there will likely be a bumper crop, said mushroom expert Oliver Duty.

DAPD/DPA

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What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

Parts of Germany will see another heatwave this week as temperatures soar.

What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

The German Weather Service (DWD) has predicted that the mercury will climb in some regions of to around 34C this week. 

“After low pressure ‘Karin’ gave parts of Germany rain, sometimes in large quantities, high pressure ‘Piet’ is now back in pole position,” said meteorologist Lars Kirchhübel of the DWD.

This high pressure zone will dominate the weather in large parts of western and central Europe over the coming days, the weather expert said, adding that it will reach Germany too. 

On Monday temperatures remained fairly cool across the country after a weekend of showers, but they are set to climb over the course of the week, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday. Forecasters predict it could reach 32C in Stuttgart and 33C in Cologne on Thursday. Locally, temperatures could reach 34C. 

However, from the Oder and Neisse rivers to the Erzgebirge mountains and southeast Bavaria, denser clouds and some showers are to be expected. This is due to a high-level low pressure system over the Balkan region, according to forecasters. Short showers are also possible in the Black Forest.

“In most of the rest of the country, high ‘Piet’ will be able to hold its ground,” said Kirchhübel.

READ ALSO: Heavy rain in Bavaria swells rivers, but flooding avoided

At the end of the week, thunderstorms are forecast but temperatures are expected to remain high. 

August in Germany ‘too dry’

According to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, August as a whole – apart from a few areas in eastern Germany – will be too dry compared to the multi-year average.

The Black Forest, the High Rhine and the Allgäu to the Bavarian Forest, however, are not expected to have any major problems due to the high rainfall of the past few days.

“Looking at Rhineland-Palatinate, the southern half of Hesse, the western half of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Franconia shows a different picture,” said Kirchhübel. In the last 30 days, only about 10 percent of the usual level of precipitation fell in some places.

“At some stations, no precipitation at all has been measured in August,” added Kirchhübel, referencing Würzburg as an example.

Rainfall at the weekend caused the water in the Rhine river to rise slightly. In Emmerich, the water level reached a positive value again after the historic low of the past few days: in the morning, it showed three centimetres – an increase of six centimetres compared to the previous day.

The water level also rose by several centimetres at the other measuring points in North Rhine-Westphalia: in Cologne, the level rose to 80cm and in Düsseldorf to 38cm.

READ ALSO: Damaged freighter blocks traffic at drought-hit Rhine

Despite this encouraging trend, the Waterways and Shipping Authority said it did not expect a huge improvement in water levels in the foreseeable future due to more hot weather coming.

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