Storms set to hit Germany over weekend

After the sunshine of the past few days, Germans are being advised to baton down the hatches, as a low pressure threatens to bring storms and heavy rain with it.

Storms set to hit Germany over weekend
More summer storms are on the way. Photo: DPA

Weather experts are saying that the first storms should hit on Friday evening as the low pressure “Zeljko“ moves in from the southwest.

There is a risk of tornadoes and winds of up to 100 km/h, warns Focus.

North Rhine-Westphalia is set to be hit by the low pressure on Friday evening with around 40 liters of rain per square meter expected to fall.

The storm is expected to travel up the west of the country, meaning that Berlin and other eastern cities should be shielded from the worst of it.

By Saturday evening the low pressure should have reached the north sea.

The dangers posed by the storm should not be ruled out, despite the fact that winds will be weaker than autumn and winter blasts.

Because trees are in full bloom, less wind is needed to blow them over.

“Walking and camping in the woods should be avoided at all costs,“ Christian Herold from the German Weather Service (DWD) told Focus. Even driving under trees could be dangerous, he warned.

Zeljko will bring an end to the hot weather with temperatures averaging at 20 degrees in the north. But in Bavaria and other southern states things will stay much more summery, at around 25 degrees.


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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.