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WEATHER

Mild, rainy Christmas ahead say weathermen

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will be mild and cloudy with patches of rain, experts at the German Weather Service (DWD) confirmed on Tuesday – dashing any remaining hopes of a white Christmas.

Mild, rainy Christmas ahead say weathermen
Grey clouds over the Dresden skyline. File photo: DPA

In central and northern Germany there will be thick cloud with occasional rain on Christmas Eve.

Meanwhile, the south and east will get a little sunshine thanks to bigger gaps in the clouds.

But over the course of the day more cloud will move in from the northwest and it will begin to rain, with strong gusts of wind from the southwest in mountainous and coastal areas.

Temperatures will hit somewhere between ten and 15 degrees – although it will be slightly chillier in the mountains and the northeast at seven to ten degrees.

Image: German Weather Service (DWD)

By Christmas Day on Friday, the clouds and rain will have reached central Germany, while the south won't see much precipitation.

Temperatures will fall to between one an seven degrees.

Even the weathermen seem slightly disappointed with the outcome, which is far from being unusual for this time of year.

“With this forecast, neither will new records be broken nor will there be a real winter atmosphere,” meteorologist Andreas Würtz wrote in his report.

“It's likely that this mild weather will last through the days of Christmas and on to the New Year. Whether winter will then be at the door remains to be seen.”

SEE ALSO: 5 ways Germans think Christmas has got worse

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ENERGY

Germany should ditch Christmas lights this year, says environmental group

Germany should go without Christmas light displays this year due to the Ukraine war and subsequent energy crisis, as well as the climate emergency, according to a high profile environmental group.

Germany should ditch Christmas lights this year, says environmental group

German cities and towns are already discussing how to cut back on energy usage during the festive season as the country grapples with fears over a gas shortage and rocketing energy costs. 

Now Environmental Action Germany (Deutsche Umwelthilfe or DUH) – has said that businesses and households should massively cut down on lighting further in view of the energy crisis – and to protect the environment. 

“This winter, it should be a matter of course to do without Christmas lights in cities as well as those in houses and apartments,” DUH managing director Jürgen Resch told the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland.

“In view of the war in Ukraine, the energy shortage, but also for reasons of climate protection, we should pause for a moment,” said Resch.

Environmentalists see the crisis as an opportunity for looking at sustainability and species conservation.

He pointed to the scale of electricity used for light displays during the Christmas season. “Private lighting alone causes electricity consumption of over 600 million kilowatt hours per year – as much as a medium-sized city with 400,000 inhabitants consumes in a year,” Resch said.

“Add to that the potential savings from not having Christmas lights in our cities and towns.”

Resch suggested a different approach this year. “Perhaps this can be reduced to one illuminated tree per community,” he said.

“Consciously doing without (lights) here – saving and showing solidarity – that could make this Christmas season a very special one.”

READ ALSO: What to know about Germany’s energy saving rules

The German government has called on people to cut down on energy consumption as Russia continues to squeeze the supply. 

As The Local has been reporting, districts across the country are considering how to save energy during the darker months. 

Many regions are cutting down on lighting displays or getting rid of ice rinks. 

READ ALSO: German cities look to cut back on Christmas lights amid energy crisis

According to a survey by the trade association, lots of retailers are planning to ditch lights this year because of the sharp rise in electricity costs.

Vocabulary 

Christmas lights – (die) Weihnachtsbeleuchtung 

Climate protection – (der) Klimaschutz

Electricity consumption – (der) Stromverbrauch

Illuminated/lit up – beleuchtet

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