Beautiful late summer weather set to continue into week

Over the weekend Germany was kissed by beautiful sunshine - and don't put your bathers away just yet, because the late summer sun is here to stay.

Beautiful late summer weather set to continue into week
Sun in Stuttgart. Photo: DPA

From Munich to Berlin, the first signs of autumn have arrived, with leaves starting to turn to gold and fall from the trees. But that hasn’t stopped the gods from shining their warm benevolence upon us.

Up and down the country over the weekend, Germans were enjoying some of the best weather of the year. And that is set to continue for much of the week.

Throughout Monday, the whole country will be enjoying the late summer sun, with temperatures ranging from 26C to 30C inland, while peaking at a slightly cooler 25 degrees on the coast, according to the German Weather Service (DWD).

Skies across the entire Bundesrepublik will be blue without a cloud in them, with the exception of the Alpine region which could experience some isolated showers.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the story will be much the same, with temperatures rising up to 33C and not getting much cooler than 28C in most of the country. Again the Alpine region and the Black Forest could experience sudden rain storms.

But by Thursday, the first signs of a turn of the tide are set to appear. While the north and east of the country will continue to bask in warm sun under clear skies, clouds will slowly move in from the south and west, where temperatures will reach a high of 25C.

By Friday, thick clouds will have moved right up to the north of the country, but should have eased off somewhat in the south.

So make the most of the sun while it lasts… it could be your last chance in quite a long time!

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.