Germany shivers through sub-zero cold snap

Most of Germany is experiencing below-zero temperatures on Monday, with temperatures in the north-east of the country diving as low as -15C in some areas.

Germany shivers through sub-zero cold snap
The Madlitzer See in Brandenburg was completely frozen over on Sunday. Photo: DPA

A high-pressure area over north-east Europe is driving cold air from the east over Germany, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported on Monday, although western Germany is still enjoying comparatively warm sea air from Ireland.

Image: DWD

The milder temperatures in the south and west mean an increased chance of rain or even up to five centimetres of snow, while the north-east is expected to remain dry.

Meanwhile, coast dwellers should expect powerful stormy gusts of wind from the east and south-east.

Berliners were quick to joke about the cold on Twitter.

“It's cold in Berlin. Wild boar and polar bears are changing places on Alexanderplatz,” said one user.

Overnight to Tuesday, more scattered rain is expected in the west and more snow at high elevations.

And the cold weather is set to continue into Tuesday in the north-east, with temperatures staying at -10C in areas close to the Oder river on the border with Poland.


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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.