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More cool sunshine ahead for weekend

Up to 20 centimetres of snow covered the Black Forest as well as Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, on Wednesday – but a high pressure system across the country will bring more golden autumn sunshine over the weekend.

More cool sunshine ahead for weekend
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The mix of high and low pressure systems swirling over Germany has made for very changeable weather so far this October. But like last weekend, high pressure will reign triumphant this Saturday and Sunday, bringing more late autumnal sunshine.

“Conditions will be perfect to enjoy a stroll outdoors this weekend,” said Johanna Angler of the German Weather Service, “whether in the autumnal lowlands or more wintery, hilly areas.”

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Thursday night is set to be mostly clear, with a few scattered clouds, although there may be a few brief showers along the coast.

Temperatures will have highs of nine degrees by the sea, but may reach minus two in southern regions.

On Friday most of the country will be clear and sunny with the exception of the North West, which will be blanketed in cloud.

During the night, heavy fog has been forecast for central and southern Germany, with temperatures dropping to minus four degrees in more mountainous areas.

Saturday and Sunday will both be clear and dry across the country – apart from Lake Constance and the Danube valley which will remain cloudy.

Wind speed will remain gentle to moderate, and temperatures are set to range between seven and 15 degrees. Night time, however, will be considerably chillier with temperatures in south east Bavaria dropping to minus three.

Colder, clear weather means a risk of frost underfoot. And in areas where the ground is still damp, there is a possibility of icy roads.

“Now would be the time to consider changing to winter tyres,” suggested Angler.

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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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