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Thunderstorms and hail herald summer’s end

The Local · 25 Aug 2011, 13:56

Published: 25 Aug 2011 13:56 GMT+02:00

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“The hot days are numbered. Probably the longest heat wave this summer is drawing to an end tomorrow, Friday,” said German Weather Service (DWD) meteorologist Christian Herold. “At the weekend, autumn has arrived.”

Thursday afternoon will be mostly warm and dry, with cloud cover possible in western Germany. Bayern will enjoy the warmest weather of summer’s last gasp, with temperatures in the south ranging from 28 to 33 degrees Celsius. Highs in other parts of the country will be between 23 and 29 degrees, with markedly cooler temperatures along the coast.

In the evening, however, thunderstorms are expected to develop in the west and move northeast, at times intensifying into severe weather, the DWD said. Elsewhere it will remain clear.

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Friday morning will offer sunny skies and perhaps a few clouds, reaching 30 to 34 degrees in eastern Germany and 28 in the west. As the day progresses, however, thunderstorms, rain showers, hail and squalls may develop, with wind predominately out of the south and west. Overnight, strong thunderstorms will expand eastwards, with temperatures sinking as low as 13 degrees.

Saturday morning will bring more rain in eastern Germany. Otherwise, it will be cloudy with additional showers and thunder storms in western and northern Germany. Highs will be between 18 and 24 degrees. In the north, cool wind and squalls are possible on the coast.

On Sunday, northern Germany can expect clouds mixed with scattered showers and dry intervals. In the south, it will remain warm and mostly dry, though cloud cover is possible. Temperatures will top out at 19 degrees in the north and 24 in the south.

Next week will also show the beginning signs of autumn, the DWD said, with cool evenings, morning fog, showers and highs less than 20 degrees.

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“Is the summer over then? It is to be feared,” said DWD meteorologist Martin Jonas. “The sun has markedly less strength than in June, there’d have to be an intense south to southwest airflow and warm air at high altitudes would be necessary — all of this is not in sight.”

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Your comments about this article

14:26 August 25, 2011 by Big Bad Wolf
Not to worry,folks...Spring will be back againin less than six months after a mild and benign winter.
19:22 August 25, 2011 by wxman
"Thunderstorms and hail herald summer¦#39;s end." Sorry to hear about your short summers, Germany. Here in North America our summer doesn't end until the autumnal equinox on 22 September. We still have a whole month left!
23:12 August 25, 2011 by Cuchullain
Sorry, couldn't hear you for the tornados, earthquakes and hurricanes currently slamming North America! I think I'll take some chilly weather over that any day.
10:39 August 26, 2011 by lazybum
Summer's end!

What happened to Summer's start?
15:09 August 26, 2011 by marimay
It started about a week ago.

I would rather risk the chance of an earthquake, tornado or hurricane than suffer these poor excuses for seasons. Although, I must say the boring weather is quite fitting. ;)
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