Giant meteor shower to give Germany a show

Germany should look up at the sky on Monday night, as Europe awaits a massive meteor shower. Only some lucky regions will get the full effect though, as clouds will cover swathes of the south.

Giant meteor shower to give Germany a show
Photo: DPA

Between 60 to 100 shooting stars will light up the sky over Germany as Perseid’s meteor shower reaches its peak after building up over the weekend. It can be seen over large parts of Europe and happens at the same time each year.

The best time to put on a jumper and camp out for the show is around midnight, and into the early hours of Tuesday, science website said.

Perseid’s is widely acknowledged as one of the highlights of the meteor calendar, and people in the north and western states will have the best chance at catching the show, national weather service the DWD said.

Thick clouds will obscure the south’s view of any shooting stars, with rain and scattered thunderstorms forecast throughout the night. Temperatures could sink to a jacket-worthy seven degrees C.

Tuesday will see a mix of sun and clouds in central and northern states while the coast will be hit by showers by mid-morning. The south will remain cloaked in cloud, where rain should also be expected until the afternoon. The north will be very gusty, with gale-force blasts along the coast.

These high winds will bring storm clouds to the coast by Tuesday night. The rest of the country should escape bad weather though, staying relatively mild at 14C and for the most part, clear and dry.

Clear skies will not last long, though as Wednesday will start very cloudy. This will mean that while it will be warmer, with highs of 24C in the Upper Rhine area, there is a chance of rain everywhere. The wind should be a little calmer.

Wednesday night will be more of the same, with scattered showers over the north east and cloud everywhere else. There will be, the DWD said, lows of 5-14C.

By Thursday, it might be slightly more summery, with the sun peeping out from an ever-thinning blanket of cloud as the day progresses. Though a few showers shouldn’t be ruled out, temperatures will be more August appropriate – between 21C and 26C.

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.