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Textbook Indian summer to provide warmth through weekend

The lowlands may be filled with swathes of morning fog, but most of Germany has been soaking in the sunny days of Altweibersommer, as the Germans call an Indian summer. And, according to the forecast, it isn’t over just yet.

Textbook Indian summer to provide warmth through weekend
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“The most exciting topic for meteorologists is currently the ‘fog lottery,’ ” said German Weather Service (DWD) meteorologist Andreas Friedrich. “One of the typical features of Altweibersommer are the ‘fog fields,’ where they build up and how long they last during the day. That’s the meteorologist’s daily prize question at the moment.”

Friedrich also said the current daily weather reports can basically be copied from one day to the next: sun, sun, sun. Good news for those needing to tank up on Vitamin D before the grey winter rolls in.

“Based on the present weather prediction models, there will be few changes in the weather patterns leading to Sunday,” he said.

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On Thursday, after the morning fog, the sun will shine throughout Germany from a mostly cloudless sky. Temperatures will reach a high of 22 degrees Celsius in coastal areas and rise to 25 degrees elsewhere, perhaps slightly higher in some south-western areas.

Friday, following fog, the clear sunny days will bring temperatures from 19 to 25 degrees, while Saturday’s forecast is a carbon copy: morning fog, followed by sun and highs of 25 degrees.

According to Friedrich, the high pressure system accompanying the warmer weather may start to weaken for Monday’s national holiday – and over the course of next week, an influx of cold air may even bring snow to low mountain ranges.

“Let’s enjoy the still warm and sunny days coming up this weekend first,” Friedrich said.

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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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