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Weekend of sun to be eclipsed by cloud and rain

Germany may have just had a weekend of summer sun, but weather reports show that the country can expect a week of cloud cover and in some parts rain.

Weekend of sun to be eclipsed by cloud and rain
Photo: DPA

Some areas of Germany saw temperatures in the low 30s this weekend, as many people took to public parks and lakes to enjoy perhaps a hint of the incoming summer.

The pattern for the upcoming week seems to be that although temperatures will stay in the 20s, clouds will start to block out the sun, bringing showers and some weather warnings with it, according to the German Weather Agency (DWD).

Monday showed signs of this trend already, with high temperatures of between 29-35C in some parts of the country.

However, while the country is set to remain warm, storms will start to move in on Tuesday in the southeast, west and north.

Weather report for Tuesday. 

Tuesday will see a real mixed bag of weather around the country. In the northwest there will be heavy cloud with potentially some thunder and rain. In the afternoon and evening, the rain in the region will start to dry up and get nicer again.

The south, temperatures will climb to highs of 28-33C, with the rest of the country seeing temperatures of between 24-28C. Coastal areas will see lower temperatures around the 20C mark.

Tuesday evening will see the rains largely subsiding and moving towards the south and east, but the DWD issued weather warnings for areas south of the Danube for Wednesday due to heavy rainstorms.

The rest of Germany will largely remain cloudy and dry, with some spots of sun making an appearance. Temperatures will remain high though, around 20-27C, with southern Germany being the hottest.

Wednesday night will see the warm weather in the south dashed as rain and thunder starts to move in over the region. Temperatures will drop down to lows of 9C.

It’ll be the same story during Thursday, where the south of Germany will see many showers, and cloud cover, but the rest of the country will be dry with little sun.

Temperatures on Thursday will also be relatively high considering the lack of sun, with highs of between 21-27C.

Thursday night will see the south receive even more cloud, while the north will see only thin cover. Temperatures could also drop down to 5C.

Forecast for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

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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.

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