Cold front set to bring weather chillier than Christmas

The skies above most of Germany remained clear on Wednesday morning. But that is set to change for the weekend, when it could be colder than Christmas 2015.

Cold front set to bring weather chillier than Christmas
This could be your view on Pentecost Sunday - if you live high up in the Alps. Photo: DPA

Germans hoping for another weekend of beautiful sunshine to celebrate the Pentecost are set to be sorely disappointed, with the German Weather Service (DWD) predicting a plunge in temperatures accompanied by rain and clouds.

As an Arctic weather front moves in the air could in fact be colder than on Christmas of 2015.

Sunbathers will have to wait until the following weekend, when temperatures slowly creep back up into the 20s, before they can start putting their towels back on the lawn.

In the southeast of the country temperatures will peak at between 10 and 11 degrees on Sunday and Monday, and could dip all the way down to a chilly 3 degrees at night. The DWD even warns of the possibility of frost on the ground.

On Christmas Day temperatures in Munich hit 15 degrees, meaning the Pentecost weather is likely to be somewhat cooler.

It could even be a white Pentecost for the people of Bavaria – that is if they live 1,000 metres above sea level in the Alpine region where white flakes could soon be fluttering down.

In Cologne meanwhile, inhabitants rang in the birthday of the Christian messiah in 16-degree sunshine.

On Pentecost, the day when the holy spirit is said to have possessed Jesus’ disciples, the city on the Rhine will be shivering in a maximum 12 degrees, reports.

Only in the north and northeast is the mercury set to peak above its festive heights.

In Berlin a high of 13 will outdo the 11 seen on Christmas, and in Hamburg the cooler Christmas high of 9 degrees will be beaten by a stormy and wet Pentecost when temperatures will peak at 13 degrees.

Source: DWD

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What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

Parts of Germany will see another heatwave this week as temperatures soar.

What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

The German Weather Service (DWD) has predicted that the mercury will climb in some regions of to around 34C this week. 

“After low pressure ‘Karin’ gave parts of Germany rain, sometimes in large quantities, high pressure ‘Piet’ is now back in pole position,” said meteorologist Lars Kirchhübel of the DWD.

This high pressure zone will dominate the weather in large parts of western and central Europe over the coming days, the weather expert said, adding that it will reach Germany too. 

On Monday temperatures remained fairly cool across the country after a weekend of showers, but they are set to climb over the course of the week, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday. Forecasters predict it could reach 32C in Stuttgart and 33C in Cologne on Thursday. Locally, temperatures could reach 34C. 

However, from the Oder and Neisse rivers to the Erzgebirge mountains and southeast Bavaria, denser clouds and some showers are to be expected. This is due to a high-level low pressure system over the Balkan region, according to forecasters. Short showers are also possible in the Black Forest.

“In most of the rest of the country, high ‘Piet’ will be able to hold its ground,” said Kirchhübel.

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At the end of the week, thunderstorms are forecast but temperatures are expected to remain high. 

August in Germany ‘too dry’

According to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, August as a whole – apart from a few areas in eastern Germany – will be too dry compared to the multi-year average.

The Black Forest, the High Rhine and the Allgäu to the Bavarian Forest, however, are not expected to have any major problems due to the high rainfall of the past few days.

“Looking at Rhineland-Palatinate, the southern half of Hesse, the western half of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Franconia shows a different picture,” said Kirchhübel. In the last 30 days, only about 10 percent of the usual level of precipitation fell in some places.

“At some stations, no precipitation at all has been measured in August,” added Kirchhübel, referencing Würzburg as an example.

Rainfall at the weekend caused the water in the Rhine river to rise slightly. In Emmerich, the water level reached a positive value again after the historic low of the past few days: in the morning, it showed three centimetres – an increase of six centimetres compared to the previous day.

The water level also rose by several centimetres at the other measuring points in North Rhine-Westphalia: in Cologne, the level rose to 80cm and in Düsseldorf to 38cm.

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Despite this encouraging trend, the Waterways and Shipping Authority said it did not expect a huge improvement in water levels in the foreseeable future due to more hot weather coming.