Rainy weekend to ruin early spring fever

Germany has been revelling in balmy spring weather the past week. But as low pressure sweeps in over the weekend, so will rain and wind, according the state weather service the DWD.

Rainy weekend to ruin early spring fever
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While temperatures across the country have soared to as high as 20C, pulling people out onto the streets and into queues for ice cream, the weather won't continue into the weekend.

Friday could see some embers of this early spring, DWD forecast, as the sun will shine across most of the country. The north western states may be a little duller but on the whole it will be a dry day to end the working week.

Highs should be around 13C to 18C with a fresher wind along the northern coast.

But as night falls, rain will bear down, initially falling on the northern states and along the Baltic coast. This will be accompanied by a lively southwesterly wind – with some gale-force blasts nearer the sea.

The south and central states should stay dry, but temperatures will plummet to 0C in rural areas. Due to a clear sky, there could be some frost. Up north, there will be lows of around 6C.

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Saturday will see rain spreading across Germany right down to the Alps in the far south. The snowfall level will drop to 600 metres in the central hilly regions. Highs should be between 9C and 13C, putting a dampener on lounging around outdoors.

It will also be rather blustery up north, with fierce gusts whipping along the North and Baltic coastlines. Cities in the northern half of the country should also hold onto their hats, as with rain will come wind.

Saturday night will see little change for most, except for intensifying rain in the very north and around the southern Alps. Lows will settle between 8C and 2C and in higher areas there could again be a light frost.

As Sunday arrives, clouds will continue to cloak the northern and eastern states. Elsewhere the sun will peek through occasionally – more so in the southwest. It will remain chillier than last week though, with highs of 7C to 13C.

“This [the cooler weather] would appear to be the trend until Wednesday,” said DWD meteorologist Anna Wieczorek.

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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.