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
Photo: DPA

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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Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

An extreme heat warning was in place for eastern Germany on Monday, while storms were also set to hit the country.

Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

The German Weather Service (DWD) said temperatures could reach 36C on Monday. 

In the morning, the DWD issued an extreme heat warning for eastern regions, as shown below in the map. 

Map of Germany shows the heat warning in the east on Monday June 27th.

Photo: German Weather Service (DWD)

Forecasters said later on Monday, the south and east of the country would be hit by thunderstorms as well as large hailstones, strong winds and heavy rain.

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In the north, west and centre of Germany, forecasters predicted clouds and some showers. Over the course of Monday, heavy thunderstorms with heavy rain, hailstones and strong winds are also possible in the north.

“Thunderstorms have occurred in the past few days and will continue in the coming days, as the established weather situation will remain virtually unchanged,” said a spokesperson from the DWD. 

However, the large temperature differences are striking: in the west of Germany, the mercury will only reach just above 20C in places.

Overnight to Tuesday, the DWD predicts thunderstorms – some of them heavy – from the Baltic Sea to the Alps, and later there is set to be more showers. It could still reach 28C in some places, especially in the east.

The DWD said: “The risk of thunderstorms will remain in the southern half of the country, while the northern half will calm down after the last thunderstorms have moved to Poland.

“This will change again on Wednesday night, when showers and thunderstorms, some of them thundery, as well as heavy rain will make their way north. On Wednesday, it will be quite unsettled with muggy temperatures almost all over the country.”

Forecasters said the weather will remain changeable for the rest of the week, but it should become more settled from next weekend.