The chill this week is thanks to a combination of a stubborn low pressure area over much of the country and a cold front coming in from the north, according to Christian Herold of the DWD.
But those frustrated by a lack of sunshine should think twice before cursing cloudy skies, he said, as areas without cloud cover will see the mercury drop to minus six degrees Celsius on Monday night, whereas more overcast regions in the north west and south east should stay above freezing.
Tuesday looks set to be the high point of the week, with a mostly fair and dry day in prospect. Temperatures could reach highs of 11 degrees, although western areas will probably see rain towards the evening. The night will see that rain spreading across central Germany, with the possibility of snow in mountain areas.
Wednesday is expected to be unsettled. While eastern areas should stay mostly dry, frequent showers are expected in the west. However, western areas should have a milder night, with highs of seven in the north west, while temperatures in the south east could drop below freezing.
Those fickle conditions look set to linger into Thursday. Thundery showers are predicted, mainly in the west.
By way of consolation though, the country will be warmer towards the end of the week, with highs ranging from 13 in the west to 16 in the east.
Despite the gloomy outlook for the coming days, Herold is able to offer some comfort for warm-weather types.
“Spring-lovers will have to be patient,” he says, “But our models do predict an upward temperature trend towards the end of the month.”