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Forecasters: Winter is over, 14C highs this week

UPDATE: Winter is unlikely to come back to Germany with the spring-like temperatures set to continue, meterologists said on Tuesday. Snow and ice will not return making this winter one of the warmest since 1881.

Forecasters: Winter is over, 14C highs this week
A couple walking in a park in Cologne on Monday. Photo: DPA

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Gerhard Lux from national weather service  DWD said he could see no signs that chillier weather would be returning “Not a lot can come from here on,” he said.

He added that it appeared winter had left without really arriving in the first place. This season there was very little snow compared with an average German winter.

“For the time of year it was 2.5C warmer than it normal,” he said. In the states of Thuringia, Saxony and Bavaria, it was 3C warmer than it should have been.

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Winter 2013/14 was, Lux said “one of the ten warmest since 1881.”

The winter of 2012/13 saw snow fall on 36 days and 58 frosty days – while this year there were only 35 days of frost. Five of these were frosty for the entire day while the year before there were 28 days of full frost.

“From where I'm standing today this winter was unusually mild," Lux added. 

Sun and showers are forecast for much of Germany on Wednesday.

Temperatures on Thursday will reach a high of 14 degrees C in the south and south-west of Germany. It will also be sunny in the east, but wet in the north west of the country. 

Germany comes to aid of USA

The extremely harsh winter which has hit some US states means supplies of grit have been running out – whereas in Germany the mild winter has left a surplus of grit.

To help out, Germany has sent a ship carrying 26,000 tons of road salt from Wismar in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania across the Atlantic, the Bild newspaper reported on Tuesday. 

It is the heaviest shipment that has even been transported from that harbour. The ship will take ten days to reach the US, where it will land New York and be used to grit roads. 

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What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

Parts of Germany will see another heatwave this week as temperatures soar.

What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

The German Weather Service (DWD) has predicted that the mercury will climb in some regions of to around 34C this week. 

“After low pressure ‘Karin’ gave parts of Germany rain, sometimes in large quantities, high pressure ‘Piet’ is now back in pole position,” said meteorologist Lars Kirchhübel of the DWD.

This high pressure zone will dominate the weather in large parts of western and central Europe over the coming days, the weather expert said, adding that it will reach Germany too. 

On Monday temperatures remained fairly cool across the country after a weekend of showers, but they are set to climb over the course of the week, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday. Forecasters predict it could reach 32C in Stuttgart and 33C in Cologne on Thursday. Locally, temperatures could reach 34C. 

However, from the Oder and Neisse rivers to the Erzgebirge mountains and southeast Bavaria, denser clouds and some showers are to be expected. This is due to a high-level low pressure system over the Balkan region, according to forecasters. Short showers are also possible in the Black Forest.

“In most of the rest of the country, high ‘Piet’ will be able to hold its ground,” said Kirchhübel.

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At the end of the week, thunderstorms are forecast but temperatures are expected to remain high. 

August in Germany ‘too dry’

According to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, August as a whole – apart from a few areas in eastern Germany – will be too dry compared to the multi-year average.

The Black Forest, the High Rhine and the Allgäu to the Bavarian Forest, however, are not expected to have any major problems due to the high rainfall of the past few days.

“Looking at Rhineland-Palatinate, the southern half of Hesse, the western half of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Franconia shows a different picture,” said Kirchhübel. In the last 30 days, only about 10 percent of the usual level of precipitation fell in some places.

“At some stations, no precipitation at all has been measured in August,” added Kirchhübel, referencing Würzburg as an example.

Rainfall at the weekend caused the water in the Rhine river to rise slightly. In Emmerich, the water level reached a positive value again after the historic low of the past few days: in the morning, it showed three centimetres – an increase of six centimetres compared to the previous day.

The water level also rose by several centimetres at the other measuring points in North Rhine-Westphalia: in Cologne, the level rose to 80cm and in Düsseldorf to 38cm.

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Despite this encouraging trend, the Waterways and Shipping Authority said it did not expect a huge improvement in water levels in the foreseeable future due to more hot weather coming.

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