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Whirlwinds, rain continue to batter Germany

Rain and fierce wind storms have already caused problems across the country so far this week. And the bad weather is set to continue.

Whirlwinds, rain continue to batter Germany
Fire services start repairs on houses damaged in the whirlwind storm on Monday night. Photo: DPA.

A tornado-like storm in Bad Waldsee, Baden-Württemberg, damaged around 50 houses, sending tiles and beams from roofs flying over hundreds of metres on Monday evening, according to police.

Numerous trees were also uprooted and bent over as locals lost power for several hours. No one was injured, though, police reported. The cost of repairs is expected to rise to at least several hundred thousand euros.

Photo: DPA.

Meanwhile up north in Hamburg, heavy rains caused the Autobahn 7 to be shut down for hours between Monday night and early Tuesday morning, local media reported.

The storms had whisked construction site materials into the streets, preventing drivers from moving forward, according to the Hamburger Morgenpost.

But the road was cleared before the start of rush hour on Tuesday morning for commuters,

The German weather service DWD warned people to “stay alert” on Monday evening, saying that storms, strong winds and heavy rains are expected to spread further across the country.

Wednesday is also predicted to bring heavy rain throughout Germany, though the south and southeast may be more likely to see the sun, DWD reported.

Prediction for Wednesday evening.

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WEATHER

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.

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