Heavy rain hits central Germany and heads east

Forecasters warned of heavy rain and storms in much of eastern Germany on Tuesday. The warning comes after bad weather in the centre of the country on Monday night caused delays to a number of flights.

Heavy rain hits central Germany and heads east
Water pours out a drain in Freising, Bavaria Photo: DPA

State weather service DWD said on Tuesday that 40 litres of rain could fall in an hour in the eastern states of Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringen.

Meanwhile, areas of central Germany suffered flooding on Monday night. In Wiesbaden, Hesse, cellars were flooded and the fire service was called out to help with 55 incidents.

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Parts of Bavaria also experienced heavy rain and a number of flights were delayed at Frankfurt Airport on Monday after 11pm due to the weather.

The heavy rain is expected to continue in central Germany into Wednesday and Thursday.

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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.