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One killed as roads burst in heatwave

Motorway experts on Thursday warned Germans to drive safely, as sweltering heat has caused roads to buckle up to half a metre into the air - and already resulted in one fatality.

One killed as roads burst in heatwave
Photo: DPA

A biker was killed and four people injured on the A93 near Abensberg in Lower Bavaria on Wednesday because of one bump in the road, wrote Süddeutsche Zeitung on Thursday.

The 59-year-old man drove over a point where the road had buckled up in the extreme heat; he hit the crash barrier and died at the scene. Four cars had driven over the bump earlier in the day, resulting in four people injured and damage to all the vehicles.

Bulging roads in the heat caused traffic problems in other parts of the country on Wednesday, wrote the paper, including along stretches of the A8 near Karlsruhe and A7 in Baden-Württemberg, as well as the A3, A7 A92 and A94 in Bavaria.

Experts spoke of “blow-ups” where concrete slabs lining the road burst open in the extreme temperatures.

“It’s unusual that this is occurring so quickly in so many places today,” Josef Seebacher, spokesman for the southern Bavaria motorway authority told the paper. “All drivers are urgently requested to drive very carefully on all stretches of concrete.”

Severe storms are expected to hit the country in the wake of the heatwave – on Wednesday evening the German weather service DWD gave extreme weather warnings for Thuringia, Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia.

By Thursday thunder and lightning, heavy rain, hail and strong winds are expected to batter the west, spreading east overnight into Friday. By Saturday the whole country will be in the grip of heavy storms, said DWD.

The Local/jlb

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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.

READ ALSO: Germany sees record temperatures

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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