‘Sahara heat hammer’ to bring 39C next week

It has been a rainy week for most of Germany and though this will continue into the weekend, next week the sun is set to come sizzling back with temperatures of up to even 39C it was reported on Friday.

'Sahara heat hammer' to bring 39C next week
Photo: DPA

Friday will remain soggy, especially in the south and east where scattered showers were expected through the day. The north could also fall foul to a few, while the west should stay largely dry with spots of sunshine, national weather service the DWD said.

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During the night temperatures will drop down to as low as 7C in some places, while inland areas should stick around 13C. Most of the country should be clear but it might rain around the Alps.

Saturday for most will start with widespread fog or cloudy skies. For central hilly areas and along the foothills of the Alps this will develop into thunder clouds, but everywhere else should clear up. Really hot weather won’t arrive yet though as temperatures will remain between 18C and 23C along the coast and between 21C and 26C inland.

The electric humidity of the day will lift into a clear, crisp Saturday night with lows of between 13C and 7C and fog in some places.

Clouds will mark the start of Sunday, especially for the north which will see a little rain. Most of the country should stay dry though. Uneventful highs of 17C to 22C for the north are to be expected while in the south, it could be as warm as 27C.

But Monday will roar in with proper summer. In the south temperatures are expected to climb over an exotic 32C. Elsewhere will touch 30C, making for a sticky day in the office. By the evening though, the weather could break briefly, making way for a cooler night.

As the week progresses, temperatures could, Die Welt reported on Friday, get up to 39C thanks to warm air coming from Africa. Meteorologists are dubbing this the “Sahara heat hammer,” Dominik Jung from told the paper.

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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.