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Weekend warmth waves goodbye as cooler week begins

After a sunny Saturday and Sunday, Germany is in for a decidedly less summery start to the workweek. Rain, clouds and cooler temperatures are in the forecast by the German Weather Service (DWD).

Weekend warmth waves goodbye as cooler week begins
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Meteorologists in Offenbach are predicting a cloudy Monday, with rain primarily to the south and east of the country. Further northwest, Germans could see a bit of sun, but fall is in the forecast, with temperatures ranging between 18 and 23 degrees Celsius.

Overnight, the DWD forecasts a break in the rain, making room for fog in the nighttime hours. Temperatures are set to drop even further to between 13 and 7 degrees, with milder weather along the coast.

A hint of the weekend sun is due to make an appearance on Tuesday, but the clouds are also expected to roll in over northwestern Germany, bringing rain in the afternoon. The DWD predicts a mix of sun and clouds to the south and east, with temperatures hovering between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius.

Those areas are among the few that will see some sun on Wednesday, with clouds in the forecast for the rest of the country and plenty of rain in central Germany.

By midweek, temperatures are due to settle between 16 and 21 degrees.

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Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

Europe's blistering summer may not be over yet, but 2022 is already breaking records, with nearly 660,000 hectares ravaged since January, according to the EU's satellite monitoring service.

Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

And while countries on the Mediterranean have normally been the main seats of fires in Europe, this year, other countries are also suffering heavily.

Fires this year have forced people to flee their homes, destroyed buildings and burned forests in EU countries, including Austria, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Some 659,541 hectares (1.6 million acres) have been destroyed so far, data from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) showed, setting a record at this point in the year since data collection began in 2006.

Europe has suffered a series of heatwaves, forest fires and historic drought that experts say are being driven by human-induced climate change.

They warn more frequent and longer heatwaves are on the way.

The worst-affected country has been Spain, where fire has destroyed 244,924 hectares, according to EFFIS data.

The EFFIS uses satellite data from the EU’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS).

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: How the climate crisis is hitting Europe hard

The data comes after CAMS said Friday that 2022 was a record year for wildfire activity in southwestern Europe and warned that a large proportion of western Europe was now in “extreme fire danger”.

“2022 is already a record year, just below 2017,” EFFIS coordinator Jesus San-Miguel said. In 2017, 420,913 hectares had burned by August 13, rising to 988,087 hectares by the end of the year.

“The situation in terms of drought and extremely high temperatures has affected all of Europe this year and the overall situation in the region is worrying, while we are still in the middle of the fire season,” he said.

Since 2010, there had been a trend towards more fires in central and northern Europe, with fires in countries that “normally do not experience fires in their territory”, he added.

“The overall fire season in the EU is really driven mainly by countries in the Mediterranean region, except in years like this one, in which fires also happen in central and northern regions,” he added.

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