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German summer set to return on Wednesday

The week may have got off to a cloudy start across Germany, but don't pack away the shorts just yet – the summer is set to return in style on Wednesday.

German summer set to return on Wednesday
Photo: DPA

The Monday morning blues seemed very real across Germany this week, as after weeks of glorious sunshine day dawned in many regions to cloudy and drizzly skies.

The sun will remain fairly elusive for the rest of Monday, with most of the country staying clouded and rain showers making things decidedly soggy in the west. Temperatures should remain reasonably warm though, with afternoon highs of 26 in Berlin and Rostock.

Image: Deutsche Wetterdienst

Throughout Monday night the showers will move eastwards and become more widespread, with lows of 14C in Munich and other southern regions.

The wind looks set to pick up on Tuesday, with warnings issued for Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt. Things could also feel chilly in the morning, with temperatures hovering in the mid teens.

Image: Deutsche Wetterdienst

However, by Tuesday afternoon most of the wind and rain should have passed over, and many regions will see temperatures around 21-23C.

Image: Deutsche Wetterdienst

Wednesday looks set to be the turning point of this week for most of Germany. Temperatures could soar to 28C in central and southern regions, while the sun makes its long-awaited reappearance.

Image: Deutsche Wetterdienst

The heat will continue to rise during Thursday, with some regions hitting the 30C mark. Berlin, Dresden and Nuremberg are among those predicted to experience highs of 31C, with the rest of the country not far behind. 

Image: Deutsche Wetterdienst

Next week spells the end of the meteorological summer across the northern hemisphere – but if Germany's weather from Wednesday onwards lives up to forecasts, summer 2015 certainly looks set to go out in style.

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WILDFIRES

Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

Europe's blistering summer may not be over yet, but 2022 is already breaking records, with nearly 660,000 hectares ravaged since January, according to the EU's satellite monitoring service.

Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

And while countries on the Mediterranean have normally been the main seats of fires in Europe, this year, other countries are also suffering heavily.

Fires this year have forced people to flee their homes, destroyed buildings and burned forests in EU countries, including Austria, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Some 659,541 hectares (1.6 million acres) have been destroyed so far, data from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) showed, setting a record at this point in the year since data collection began in 2006.

Europe has suffered a series of heatwaves, forest fires and historic drought that experts say are being driven by human-induced climate change.

They warn more frequent and longer heatwaves are on the way.

The worst-affected country has been Spain, where fire has destroyed 244,924 hectares, according to EFFIS data.

The EFFIS uses satellite data from the EU’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS).

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: How the climate crisis is hitting Europe hard

The data comes after CAMS said Friday that 2022 was a record year for wildfire activity in southwestern Europe and warned that a large proportion of western Europe was now in “extreme fire danger”.

“2022 is already a record year, just below 2017,” EFFIS coordinator Jesus San-Miguel said. In 2017, 420,913 hectares had burned by August 13, rising to 988,087 hectares by the end of the year.

“The situation in terms of drought and extremely high temperatures has affected all of Europe this year and the overall situation in the region is worrying, while we are still in the middle of the fire season,” he said.

Since 2010, there had been a trend towards more fires in central and northern Europe, with fires in countries that “normally do not experience fires in their territory”, he added.

“The overall fire season in the EU is really driven mainly by countries in the Mediterranean region, except in years like this one, in which fires also happen in central and northern regions,” he added.

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