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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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WILDFIRES

Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

Europe's blistering summer may not be over yet, but 2022 is already breaking records, with nearly 660,000 hectares ravaged since January, according to the EU's satellite monitoring service.

Europe facing record year for wildfire destruction: EU

And while countries on the Mediterranean have normally been the main seats of fires in Europe, this year, other countries are also suffering heavily.

Fires this year have forced people to flee their homes, destroyed buildings and burned forests in EU countries, including Austria, Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Some 659,541 hectares (1.6 million acres) have been destroyed so far, data from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS) showed, setting a record at this point in the year since data collection began in 2006.

Europe has suffered a series of heatwaves, forest fires and historic drought that experts say are being driven by human-induced climate change.

They warn more frequent and longer heatwaves are on the way.

The worst-affected country has been Spain, where fire has destroyed 244,924 hectares, according to EFFIS data.

The EFFIS uses satellite data from the EU’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS).

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: How the climate crisis is hitting Europe hard

The data comes after CAMS said Friday that 2022 was a record year for wildfire activity in southwestern Europe and warned that a large proportion of western Europe was now in “extreme fire danger”.

“2022 is already a record year, just below 2017,” EFFIS coordinator Jesus San-Miguel said. In 2017, 420,913 hectares had burned by August 13, rising to 988,087 hectares by the end of the year.

“The situation in terms of drought and extremely high temperatures has affected all of Europe this year and the overall situation in the region is worrying, while we are still in the middle of the fire season,” he said.

Since 2010, there had been a trend towards more fires in central and northern Europe, with fires in countries that “normally do not experience fires in their territory”, he added.

“The overall fire season in the EU is really driven mainly by countries in the Mediterranean region, except in years like this one, in which fires also happen in central and northern regions,” he added.

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