First heatwave of 2014 to bring highs of 34C

This weekend is set to be the hottest Pentecost public holiday for at least 50 years, with temperatures forecast to reach 34C in some parts of Germany.

First heatwave of 2014 to bring highs of 34C
Berlin's Karneval der Kulturen this weekend will take place under scorching skies. Photo: DPA

State weather forecaster DWD said thermometers in southern Germany could reach 34C on Sunday.

On Friday highs of 27C are predicted, followed by 30C on Saturday and the record-breaking temperatures on Sunday and Whit Monday.

DWD is forecasting “widespread” sunshine for Saturday with the highest temperatures in the Rhineland.

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On Sunday temperatures will rise to between 27C to 34C in the south. Closer to the northern coast it will be between 20C and 25C.

Top temperatures of 32C will make things sweaty in Berlin for the Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures) this weekend.

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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.