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Sunny spell on the way after stormy week

After a week of unsettled weather and roof-shaking storms, Germany has a sunnier spell in store over the next few days and into the weekend, according to the national weather service (DWD).

Sunny spell on the way after stormy week
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A system of high pressure building over the UK is set to treat continental Europe to some sunnier weather, with rainfall calming and clouds lifting – particularly in southern states of Germany.

Thursday should start with a dry morning for most of the country but with patches of cloud cover. Down in the south and southwest of the country it will be an especially nice day, according to the DWD who are predicting temperatures of between 23 and 27 degrees Celsius.

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The north will be a little cooler on Thursday with highs of between 17 and 22 degrees. A gentle breeze will drift across the country, barely affecting the temperature – except along German coast where it will be a little windier, and cooler.

But in the foothills of the Alps down south, the occasional storm could plague walkers towards the afternoon, said the DWD.

Friday will be clearer still, with even fewer patches of clouds – except in the Alps which will once again be hit with the worst of the weather and may well see heavy showers.

In the northern and northeastern states, clouds will gather throughout the day and deliver the odd thunder clap, with warmer temperatures up to 28 degrees Celsius.

Weather in the west is set to be less eventful, with temperatures reaching highs of 27 degrees.

During the night it will remain mostly dry but temperatures will sink to between nine and 15 degrees.

By Saturday, people from north to south could well find themselves rejoicing – as a dry day has been predicted almost everywhere with highs of up to 28 degrees inland and 20 along the coast.

The Local/jcw

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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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