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South sees first snowfall of season as cold bite sets in

It seems like just days since we were lapping up glorious summer sun, but on Monday residents of southern Germany were strolling through the snow.

South sees first snowfall of season as cold bite sets in
Snow on the Feldberg on Sunday. Photo: DPA

A low pressure which has spread over most of the country will push temperatures down into the minus figures over the next couple of nights, the German Weather Service (DWD) predicts.

While on the Baltic Sea coast there will be strong winds, in the Alpine region in the south the snow level will drop to 1,000 metres or even 900 metres on Tuesday.

In pictures: Germany’s first snowfall of the season

Already on Monday, hikers on the Feldberg in the Black Forest were strolling through fresh snow.

Temperatures across the country are not expected to rise much above 14C before Thursday.

At the weekend though temperatures will begin to rise somewhat, even though the rain is likely to remain.

“It’ll be well above 10C. In the upper Rhine region it could reach 17C to 18C,” said Sebastian Schappert of the 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.

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