Deep freeze returns

A deep freeze is expected to hit much of Germany this weekend, with temperatures dipping to below minus 15 degrees Celsius accompanied by “extremely slick” road conditions, according to the DWD national weather service.

Deep freeze returns
Photo: DPA

The worst driving conditions will be in the southwestern part of the country, where up to four centimetres of new snow is expected on Saturday, turning over to freezing rain by Sunday. The weather service warned of very slippery roads and told drivers to exert extreme caution in the region.

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Some new snow and dangerous driving conditions are forecast for the beginning part of the coming week “in most parts of Germany.”

The combination of snow, then some warmer temperatures changing that into freezing rain, then a drop in temperature overnight which is expected to freeze the precipitation should make for very tricky conditions.

Morning temperatures are likely to be around minus 10 degrees, with dips as low as minus 15 in the Alps.

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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.