Highs of 22C forecast for Easter weekend

The days running up to Easter may be cool and wet, but the holiday weekend should be a bit warmer for most of Germany, according to forecasters.

Highs of 22C forecast for Easter weekend
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Good Friday will be rainy for those in the southern parts of the country, especially around the foothills of the Alps in the afternoon. Central and eastern regions will see scattered cloud cover and even the occasional flash of lightning.

Temperatures will reach highs between 9C and 15C, but remain cooler along the coast and in hilly areas. Wind will whip up and down the coastline, but feel much calmer inland.

Friday night will remain rainy in the south around the Alps, with a slight chance of snow. The rest of the country will also remain the same as the day prior, with scattered clouds eventually clearing as very early morning arrives. Lows will be between 7C and 2C.

On Saturday thick clouds are set to gather over the south west, bringing a threat of rain and storms. Everywhere else will see the odd cloud and intermittent sunny stretches. The northern states will, state forecaster the DWD said, see the most sunshine.

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Highs should be a little warmer than Friday, with temperatures of up to 20C in the north and between 14C and 19C in less sunny states.

Rain will fall on Saturday night in the south west, but the rest of Germany should stay dry.

As Easter Sunday arrives, so will longer periods of sun in the north, east and south east. In the west it will become gradually more cloudy and thundery. It will be warmest in the east with highs of 22C. The west is more likely to see highs of 15C.

Sunday night will be rainy again in the south west with a chance of storm. Otherwise, Germany will see a generally clear night with lows of between 9C and 2C to lead into Easter Monday.

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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.