Lightning set to strike Wednesday, from Hamburg right down to Munich

Brace yourselves, because Germany is in for a particularly stormy and blustery week.

Lightning set to strike Wednesday, from Hamburg right down to Munich
Lightning strikes in Munich in June 2017. Photo: DPA

The German Weather Service (DWD)  has predicted plenty of heavy rain, thunderstorms and hail for the upcoming week, with winds of 80km/h predicted for Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, as well as Saxony. 

In the night to Wednesday, showers will spread to northern areas, and it will remain rainy in the west and southwest. Storms and heavy rain will weaken as it gets closer to morning. The east and southeast are expected to remain mostly dry. 

Wednesday will see heavy clouds and powerful thunderstorms in the west and south. The weather will be pleasant to start with in the east and north east, before thunderstorms with small hailstones develop later in the day. In the evening, the chance of storms in the west will decrease. Temperature highs will reach 19C to 26C, hitting 26C to 30C in the east and southeast.

Thunderstorms are predicted for many areas on Wednesday. Source: DWD

Ready yourself for plenty of rain in local areas in the east on Thursday, with the possibility of some individual hailstorms and thunderstorms. Elsewhere there will be heavy cloud, changeable weather with showers and individual thunderstorms in some areas. The highest temperatures will be between 17C and 25C. Strong winds in areas close to the storms are also anticipated. 

Friday will begin with long-lasting heavy rain in areas in the north and north east, but they will retreat during the course of the day. Elsewhere there will be changing amounts of cloud, bringing showers and individual thunderstorms, but the sun will also show itself from time to time. Highest temperatures will be between 17C and 23C.

Predictions for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Source: DWD

Cloudy skies and rain in the north and west are expected on Saturday, which could last for a while in some areas. Elsewhere, there will be changing amounts of cloud, bringing showers and thunderstorms with it. Temperatures will only reach highs of 16C with persistent rain in the north west, and 22C in the south and east.

Sunday and Monday are expected to be changeable, with showers and individual thunderstorms. Sunny intervals in the south west will increase on Monday and it will remain mostly dry.


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.