Winter weather chaos hits air and land travel

Wintry weather shut roads and grounded flights in Germany on Monday morning after black ice triggered accidents across the country. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled in and out of Frankfurt and Munich.

Winter weather chaos hits air and land travel
Photo: DPA

Significant delays should be expected on those flights which will leave Frankfurt and Munich. A spokesman from airport operators Fraport said there was still de-icing to do but no further black ice was expected to form.

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Black ice forced the closure of Berlin motorway the A111 going north on Monday morning, disrupting traffic to Tegel airport.

And in Bavaria the weather was just as bad with 25 accidents in the Franken area of the state alone and a six car pile up that left no-one injured.

In northern Schleswig-Holstein alone there were 15 accidents over Sunday night and into Monday morning, leaving six people with minor injuries. Lower Saxony commuters hit roads covered in black ice – several crashes left a few people bumped and bruised.

School kids in the Osnabrück and Hameln-Pyrmont areas of the state rejoiced though, as a snow day was declared and they could stay at home.

Details on flight cancellations can be found on Lufthansa’s webpage, while the airline is swapping plane tickets for train tickets on those routes which can be replaced by rail journeys.

The late-Sunday night flight from New York to Frankfurt was cancelled, although most of the others cancelled for the day were to and from European destinations.

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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.