Weathermen warn of snowy weekend ahead

Although November has been relatively warm and dry so far, the weekend is likely to see snow at the lowest altitudes yet this winter.

Weathermen warn of snowy weekend ahead
A hiker in the Taunus mountain range (Hesse) on a snowy day in mid-October. Photo: DPA

Meteorologists at the German Weather Service (DWD) say that Friday will see rain and showers across Germany, especially in the south, with temperatures falling by a few degrees and stormy gusts of wind.

But after a cold Friday night, Saturday will bring temperatures of between 3C and 10C, with showers across north Germany and snow in the high mountains.

By the evening, the snowfall will have reached areas as low as 300 metres above sea level.

The German Weather Service (DWD) forecast for the coming weekend. Image: DWD

Overnight, the lowlands could see snow of their own as temperatures drop as far as -4C.

The most mountainous areas of southern Germany could see snow drifts and ice will likely form on paths and roads nationwide.

Temperatures will only recover to between 2C and 6C during the day on Sunday, with ongoing rain, snow and hail showers in the south but occasional glimpses of sun in the north.

So wrap up warm and get your grippy boots on – this is where winter really kicks in!

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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.