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Snow returns as spring seems far, far away

The chill gripping much of Germany will continue into the weekend, with snow covering much of the country, forecasts from German Weather Service, the DWD, suggested.

Snow returns as spring seems far, far away
Trees in Brandenburg. Photo: DPA

Some coastal areas could be hit particularly hard with snow due to the Lake Effect – which occurs when cold, dry air coming from one direction meets warmer, wetter air coming from a different direction. This was felt on Thursday already, with nearly 20 cm of snow registered in Gross Lüsewitz on the Baltic Sea.

Friday should mostly be overcast and cloudy, with the only the northwest getting much sunshine. People in the east can expect some snow showers which may fall more heavily in the forests of Bavaria, Thuringia and the Erzgebirge region.

With temperatures of -2C to -9C and down to -14C in case of clear skies, the country is in for a frosty Friday night with weak to mild winds.

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On Saturday, northern regions and lower mountain ranges should see light snow while maximum temperatures will be -6C in the uplands and 0C in Lower Rhine, Emsland and along the North Sea coast.

Light snowfall should also be expected on Saturday night, with temperatures sinking to -2C to -9C and in the south even down to -12C when skies are clear.

Snow could well continue its reign across the country on Sunday, turning to sleet and rain in lower areas in the east, which could make roads hazardous. Daytime highs are expected to be around 1C in the northern half of the country, and between 0C and -5C in the southern half.

Sunday night will see more snow in most parts, but it could also rain or sleet in lower areas. The temperature could be anything between 0C and -8C.

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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.

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