Temperatures at last set to rise into the 20s, but followed by storms

After the thunderstorms forecast for this weekend disperse, Germany will be rewarded with warm temperatures and clear skies.

Temperatures at last set to rise into the 20s, but followed by storms
Lightning strikes in Stuttgart in June 2016. Photo: DPA

Warm, calm weather will arrive within the next week, reports the German Weather Service (DWD), bringing some joy to a so-far cloudy May.

Though the weekend is set to bring thunderstorms, by Tuesday we should be enjoying fairer weather with the highest temperature expected to reach a pleasant 26C on Wednesday May 17th.

Back to this week, on Wednesday, southern, western and central areas have been basking in sun, though the north and east will still see some heavy clouds. Temperatures lay between 9C in the north and east, and 21C along the Rhine, reports the DWD

Thursday brings partly cloudy but dry weather in most places, with some rain in Western Pomerania. Clouds will gather and some showers will develop in the southwest in the course of the day. Temperatures will find themselves between 16C in Western Pomerania and 22C in the southwest.

The DWD predicts partly cloudy but dry weather for most areas on Thursday.  

Friday will see thunderstorms and overcast weather in some areas, though temperatures will still be mild at 14C on the coast and 22C in the south and southwest. In the north, the sun should shine during the day and bring dry weather.

Saturday will see a continuation of the dramatic weather, bringing thunderstorms with mainly overcast skies and rain in the north. Temperatures will lie between 18C and 24C, or 12C to 17C by the sea.

Sunday will begin with light showers and overcast skies, but the thunderstorms will return in the afternoon, with temperatures reaching 17C to 23C. 

The thunderstorm predictions arrive after 133 flights were cancelled due to the threat of lightening in Frankfurt last week. 

The DWD predictions for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Monday is set to be partly cloudy with some sun. The west and north will remain dry, but the south and east will experience rain and thunderstorms. Temperatures will be between 18C and 24C. 

On the night before Tuesday, the clouds will disperse and drier weather will prevail. Unfortunately during the day on Tuesday, the northwest will be under clouds and rain, but the rest of the country should enjoy sunny skies. Temperatures will be between 18C in the northeast and 25C in the southwest. 

By the end of the week though, the storms will return, accompanied by a temperature drop. 


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.