Warm, slushy Christmas in store for Germany

Most Germans will likely have to do without a white Christmas this year, with the German weather service (DWD) predicting unseasonably mild temperatures. Some predictions even foresee 19 degrees Celsius in the south west.

Warm, slushy Christmas in store for Germany
Photo: DPA

A clash of high- and low-pressure weather fronts will likely lead to a chilly weekend followed by unusually high temperatures over the Christmas holidays, the DWD reported on Friday.

“Ninety-nine percent of people in Germany will probably have a green Christmas,” a DWD meteorologist said. The only part of the country guaranteed snow on Christmas Day will be the top of its highest mountain, the Zugspitze in Bavaria.

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On Saturday, the north east of the country will be frosty, while the south west will see mild temperatures of 10 degrees. There is also a good chance of precipitation across the country, either in the form of sleet or rain, which could form black ice at night.

Sunday will bring warmer temperatures around Germany – though they will be accompanied by rain and strong winds.

The north east will be the last area affected by the mild weather, and snow is likely to fall there on Sunday, only to turn to rain during the night. Again, roads are likely to be slippery on Christmas Eve – with temperatures reaching a balmy 15 to 19 degrees in the south and south west.

The weather will then continue to be mild throughout Christmas and towards the New Year, with rainfall and temperatures above zero everywhere. That could lead to higher water levels in Germany’s rivers, though it remains unclear whether these will be high enough to cause flooding. The Danube and Neckar rivers are expected to be worst affected, though the Rhine and Main in the west will also rise.

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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.