Rain, sleet and snow set to replace sunny days

Germany’s "Golden October," which has been dishing out hefty doses of autumnal Vitamin D, will soon be washed down with an onset of wet winter weather, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Rain, sleet and snow set to replace sunny days
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The high pressure system Tessina, responsible for the clear sunny skies which have recently stretched over the country, but also for the chilly nights, is now moving eastward toward Russia, along with the sunshine. In its place, the low pressure system Klaus is expected to roll in from Iceland, bringing rain, clouds and fog.

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“The cold front of the low pressure system will reach to the east and south of Germany during the course of the day on Tuesday. Thus the mostly unadulterated sunshine will also be gone there. Many clouds, rain and at times brisk winds are next up on the weather menu,“ said DWD meteorologist Simon Trippler.

Overnight Monday, clouds will start to build up out of the north west, and areas along the North Sea will experience the first rainfall. A cool, brisk wind will also blow along the coast from the south and south west. Eastern and southern Germany will remain partly clear, partly foggy – and temperatures will drop as low as zero degrees Celsius in the south east before the fog burns off. In the north, highs will be around 11 degrees.

On Tuesday, the rain will expand through eastern and mid-Germany, with possible thunderstorms accompanying the showers on the North Sea. But the area from Saxony to the upper Rhine region will remain mostly dry. Temperatures will range from 11 degrees in the north to 20 degrees in the south west.

Wednesday will remain wet and stormy along the north-western coast, although the north east will experience little rain. Showers are expected throughout the rest of Germany, though, with the only exception in the most south-eastern region. Highs will be between 6 and 13 degrees, with light to moderate wind in the south and stronger squalls in the north.

Temperatures are expected to drop overnight Wednesday, predicts the DWD, with rain falling Thursday in the south east. More mountainous regions will experience sleet and snow. Otherwise, scattered showers will continue throughout Germany, with heavier precipitation in the North Sea region and extended rain in lower mountain areas. Temperatures will remain between 6 and 11 degrees.

“The sun’s rays will hit the earth much less over the next few days,“ Trippler said. “But for next weekend, there’s the possibility that the formation of a new high pressure cell over Germany, will bring the ‘Golden October‘ back. But of course only when fog and haze aren’t a problem.“

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Blaze-hit section of Berlin’s Grunewald forest to ‘remain shut for years’

The closure in Berlin Grunewald, where a disastrous fire spread earlier this month, is due to exploded munition remnants littering the forest floor.

Blaze-hit section of Berlin’s Grunewald forest to 'remain shut for years'

Two weeks since a devastating fire ravaged part of Berlin’s Grunewald forest, the head of the city’s forests division says the burned out section will have to shut for the next few years.

At 3,000 hectares (about 7,400 acres), Grunewald is the largest green space in Berlin and located on the city’s western edge. The forest – which is nicknamed the ‘green lung’ of Berlin – is a popular area for hiking, biking, and swimming in its lakes.

The forest’s southern half also contains Sprengplatz, an area set up in 1950 to collect and detonate leftover munitions from WWII, particularly those left by allied bombing raids of the then-Nazi capital.

The fire, which broke out at Sprengplatz, scattered detonated many pieces of leftover munitions all over the surrounding forest floor.

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Berlin Forests says the police will be detonating larger explosives in the coming weeks, but that it will take much longer to search for and safely dispose of smaller pieces.

“It’s very time-consuming work and it will take years to collect everything,” Berlin Forests Head Gunnar Heyne told regional broadcaster rbb. “The forest will remain closed for at least that long.”

Heyne is confident though, that the forest itself will recover well quickly, particularly its oak and poplar trees.

While the area around Sprengplatz will remain shut, much of the rest of the forest, including the path to Grunewald’s popular Teufelsee—or “Devil’s Lake,” remain open.

READ ALSO: Firefighters bring Berlin forest fire under control after munitions explosion