August temperatures dip to coldest level in 25 years

A high pressure system sitting in the eastern Atlantic has caused one of the coldest nights in recent history, driving temperatures down to just above zero on Wednesday night, the German Weather Service (DWD) reports.

August temperatures dip to coldest level in 25 years
Empty deckchairs on a beach in Schleswig-Holstein. Photo: DPA

In Carlsfeld, Saxony the mercury dropped to 1.3C, thereby setting a record for the coldest August temperature ever recorded in the town since first being measured in 1990.

Meanwhile in Bad Königshofen in Bavaria, a temperature of 1.5C was also just one decimal place above a record set in 1987.

In several mountainous regions of the country, frost also covered the grass on Thursday morning.

The chilly front couldn’t be in greater contrast to the same time last August, when Germany was sweating through the second hottest summer since records began.

In Lindenberg in Allgäu, the lowest temperature on Thursday morning was 6.9C. A year ago, the most respite the gods allowed the people of the small town in Bavaria was a low of 22.4C.

But the good news is that the low point has already passed for this summer and Germany can look forward to warmer nights ahead, the weathermen promise.

On the other hand though, the warm front which is set to spread across the entire country by Thursday evening will also bring clouds laden with rain, with central Germany set to face the brunt of the downpours.

Longer-term, the sun is set to reappear, particularly on southern Germany, where Bavaria will be kissed by temperatures between 25C and 30C from the weekend onwards.

Northern Germany won’t be quite so lucky though, and will only experience highs of 22C, while the sun's happy work will be interrupted by the occasional shower.

Source: DWD

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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.