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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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.