April wraps up with stormy week ahead

The end of April is looking stormy for Germany with hot and cold air mixing and making for wild spring weather over the coming few days, state forecasters DWD said on Wednesday.

April wraps up with stormy week ahead
Lightning over Lake Starnberg, in Bavaria. Photo: DPA

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The country was on Wednesday sandwiched between a high pressure system swirling over Scandinavia, and a low, wet, system moving in from southern Europe. This would make for a stormy few days, said the DWD, adding that warm temperatures from the beginning of the week should stay.

As Wednesday draws to a close after highs of between 18C and 23C and the occasional thunder clap, a much cooler night will arrive. Lows of between 11C and 5C and clear skies will continue until dawn. Only in the furthest west and in the north east will it be showery with a chance of storm.

Clouds will cover the eastern states by Thursday morning, bringing the chance of rain and thunder to Berlin and the surrounding areas.

The day will start clear everywhere else, but as the hours pass clouds will begin stacking up in the west and south as well.

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Temperatures on Thursday will be cooler in the north with highs between 13C and 18C and warmer in the south and west, settling between 19C and 24C. The northern states – especially along the coastline – will be windier than the rest of the country.

Thunder and lightning should still be crashing over the south, west and central states on Friday.

Only the furthest north and north east will dodge the worst of the weather. Heavy rain will accompany storms, as will temperatures of 17C in the south and north and summery highs of 25C around the Rhine.

Storms will rumble on into Friday night in the north and south west. Elsewhere will be dry, but still cloudy. Lows be around 11C and 7C, DWD forecast.

Saturday will see storms contained to the south-west, with the north and east experiencing a much drier start to the weekend.

Temperatures will climb to between 18C and 24C. Rain will, the DWD said, probably return by the time the sun sets to almost every state.

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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.