Rain washes away hopes of a white Christmas

The festive days will be damp, dreary and stormy in Germany this year, national weather service the DWD said on Monday.

Rain washes away hopes of a white Christmas
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With chances of snow out of the window and a low pressure system swirling towards Germany bringing rain and wind, Christmas will be a damp one. Meteorologists said that a storm will hit the north by the 24th, but that it would not be as severe as others in recent weeks.

Monday has brought prolonged rain over the south east and east and scattered showers in the north, intensifying over the course of the afternoon. Highs on the Baltic coast will be 6C while further inland will see around 13C. There will be a brisk wind, especially near the sea.

And Monday night will bring rain across the western half of the country, while the south will be covered in fog and the east patchy. The Alps could be as cold as -4C while the rest of the country will be a more balmy 9C.

Tuesday, the main day of Christmas celebrations in Germany, will see grey, heavy skies but surprisingly little rain. Only the south and south east will be lucky enough to see small patches of sunshine. It will be an usually mild day for December, with highs between 8C and 14C.

Those along the North Sea coast should, the DWD said, hold onto their hats, as it will be very windy. It will also be windy in the Alps and in central hilly regions as well.

As night falls on Christmas eve, so will rain, everywhere. Areas 800 metres above sea level will see this fall as snow. Lows will settle between 9C and 0C and a light frost is possible south of the Danube.

Wednesday, Christmas Day, will be rainy from the start – even in higher regions. The very outskirts of the east and south eastern states will see a bit of sunshine, though. Highs will be between 5C and 11C and the wind will have subsided.

By Thursday, rain should have started to push east, leaving the west of Germany a little drier but Bavaria drenched. Highs will be between 4C and 8C. Thursday night is shaping up to be a little more December-like, with lows of -2C.

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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.