Violent storms injure dozens over weekend

Extreme weather battered Germany over the weekend, leaving dozens injured and 22 children in hospital after lightning hit their tent. The emergency services received hundreds of calls, it was reported on Monday.

Violent storms injure dozens over weekend
Photo: DPA

High and low pressure systems clashed over the country over the weekend, causing violent storms particularly in the states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.

Strong winds blew over a large tent at an event in the Neu-Ulm area of Bavaria, leaving one person with severe injuries and three others lightly injured. In Regensburg, tin roofs came off several sheds and in Illertissen, a bolt of lighting hit a townhouse.

In Baden-Württemberg, 2,500 scouts were forced to take shelter in army barracks after high winds blew apart their camp. Thirty eight of them received medical treatment and 10 ended up in hospital.

Lightning struck a camp site in Brandenburg, where a group of school children were staying. Twenty two of them were taken to hospital and kept in for observation – purely to be on the safe side, a police spokesman told the paper on Monday.

Stretches of train tracks were also blocked off, mainly because of falling trees. On the A8 motorway in Bavaria, several trees were blown onto the road and damaged a few cars. Roads around Stuttgart were flooded.

The Local/jcw

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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.