Chilly sunshine and showers continue

The long wait for springtime sunshine looks set to continue, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday - as cool temperatures and occasional showers will frustrate those hoping to consign their coats to the cupboards.

Chilly sunshine and showers continue
Photo: DPA

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.

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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.”

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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.