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Near record temperatures on Friday mean ‘it’s time to grill’

One meteorologist says that with highs between 20C and 25C on Friday across the country, it may already be time to fire up the grill.

Near record temperatures on Friday mean 'it's time to grill'
A woman grilling in Cologne. Photo: DPA.

The German Weather Service (DWD) predicts widespread sunshine and warm weather throughout the country on Friday, reaching up to 25C in the Upper Rhine area.

Broadcaster N-tv’s meteorologist Björn Alexander reports that this month could be a record March for its warm temperatures.

“It’s a truly thrilling race to the top spot of being a record March,” Alexander said.

“Actually it’s almost grill-time. For most of us, it will be a balmy and dry springtime climate, and at 8pm will mostly still be between 15C and 20C. Only in the western part of the country will there by some showers and thunderstorms. So it is worth it there to start grilling early.”

By Saturday, the DWD predicts it will still be sunny, though the northwest can still expect some rain and short thunderstorms. And by nightfall, the southeast could see long periods of rain.

Sunday will be cloudier and rainier, but still with temperatures up to 20C in the central and southern regions.

Alexander’s forecast was that by Monday, the sun will start to take over again.

Forecast for Saturday, Sunday and Monday:

WILDFIRES

2022 sees record wildfire destruction in Europe: 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.

2022 sees record wildfire destruction in Europe: 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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