IN PICS: 7 signs spring has already sprung in Germany

Monday marked the first official day of spring 2017. And while it may still feel a bit chilly where you live, there are some quite visible signs that the season is already underway.

IN PICS: 7 signs spring has already sprung in Germany
A bee enjoying the new spring flowers in Munich. Photo: DPA.

Monday March 20th was the first official day of spring for the Northern Hemisphere. And after all the cold and grey of winter, residents of Germany are naturally anxious to get the new season started.

Fortunately it seems the first spring flowers are already peaking up through the ground, like below at the Köpenick Palace in Berlin.

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The German Weather Service (DWD) still predicts rainy weather for east and south Germany on Tuesday and Wednesday, but temperatures are also gradually rising.

By Friday and Saturday, central and southern Germany are expected to see the mercury rise up to 17C and 18C, respectively.

So you may be able to go outside with fewer layers on as you enjoy the new foliage, like the almond tree blooming in Frankfurt, pictured below.

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In Stuttgart on Monday, the first flowers of the magnolia trees were emerging amid mild temperatures in the Baden-Württemberg capital.

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According to the DWD, an early spring started to ring in this year at the end of February, with hazelnut blossoms, snowdrops and alders awakening.

The dog pictured below seems to quite enjoy these crocuses that sprung up at the start of March in Düsseldorf.

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And all the new greenery means it's time again to wander through the vast gardens of the many castles and palaces dotted across Germany, like the massive Ludwigsburg Palace shown below in Baden-Württemberg.

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Or maybe it's time to get out and visit your favourite local park to see if there are any new buds blooming there.

In Husum, Schleswig-Holstein pictured below, it seems things are already awash with the colour violet.

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And let's not forget one of the best parts of sunny weather: being able to emerge from the dark tavern or Kneipe on the corner and say “Prost” to a drink outdoors.

These two in Berlin certainly have the right idea. Happy spring!

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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.