Heatwave unleashes storms and tornadoes

The turbulent weather that has affected Germany since the weekend made itself felt again on Tuesday, causing flash floods, tornadoes and hail storms.

Heatwave unleashes storms and tornadoes
Photo: DPA

As the Mercury rose once again during the day on Tuesday, with temperatures climbing into the high thirties in the south west, electrical storms followed in the evening rising up from the south to cover the rest of the country.

Framersheim in Rhineland-Palatinate, a town of 1,600 people, was struck by a tornado on Tuesday evening. The storm ripped the roofs off several houses, reports the Süddeustche Zeitung (SZ), which estimates costs at between €8-10 million.

The interior minister of Rhineland-Palatinate told SZ that up to 100 houses were damaged by the tornado.

Deutsche Bahn has announced that rail lines have taken some damage as trees and branches were been blown onto the electrical lines by high winds.

In Hessisch Lichtenau in Hesse a lightning strike on an apartment block caused €150,000 in damages.

Three electricity masts were brought down by the wind in Mansfelder in Saxony-Anhalt, leading to 1,800 households going without electricity.

In Kelbra fist-sized hail stones damaged the roofs of garages and flooded streets. Around 400 firemen had to be deployed.

In Bavaria hurricane force winds and torrential rain led to the fire services being called out 53 times.

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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.