Forecasters: No sign of winter’s return

Winter is not set to return in March, according to forecasters, with February 2014 one of the warmest on record. This weekend it will be cloudy and wet but with highs of 11 C.

Forecasters: No sign of winter's return
A sign in Stuttgart last week reading "Lust auf Frühling". Photo: DPA

On Friday night it is likely to be showery in most places in western and central Germany and forecasters warned thunderstorms were possible in the north west of the country on Saturday. 

Berlin will have the mildest temperatures in Germany with highs of 11 C.

Sunday, meanwhile, is set to be cloudy with showers and temperatures ranging from 5 C to 10 C.

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Forecasters DWD said February’s mild and dry weather made it one of the warmest since records began.

And Thomas Ruppert from the weather service said there were still no signs in the medium-term forecast of winter returning in March.

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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.