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November rain: gloomy weather expected across Germany this week

The weather is set to be distinctly cloudy and damp for the next few days, the German Weather Service (DWD) predicts.

November rain: gloomy weather expected across Germany this week
Photo: DPA

The DWD predicts this Monday evening will be mostly cloudy in south and east Germany with some light rain in southeast Bavaria and a chance of snow above 900m.

Temperatures are expected to drop in the night to between 4C and -3C  and there will be widespread frost in the north and west of the country.

Tuesday will be cloudy but this should clear in places in the north and the west of Germany, allowing some sun to shine through. During the day, temperatures will be between 4C and 11C and there is a high chance of rain in Baden-Württemberg. Temperatures in the night will range from 7C on the coast to -1C in the Alps.

On Wednesday, it will be cloudy and overcast, with chillier temperatures ranging from 3C to 9C in the daytime, with some rain falling in central and southern Germany. Thick cloud will start to set in come Wednesday evening and some mist is expected. The air will cool overnight with highs between 0C and 6C and lows of -2C at higher altitudes.

Skies will continue to be overcast on Thursday morning but conditions will stay mostly dry. More widespread rain will begin in the northwest in the afternoon and temperatures will range from 4C to 10C across the country, with some moderate winds blowing in from the west and strong gusts on the coast.

There will be more rain in the northwest on Friday and a few showers across the rest of Germany, but temperatures are predicted to get a little warmer, ranging from 6C to 12C. Heavy winds are to be expected, with strong gusts once again on the coast and high ground.

Saturday is also set to be rather dark and stormy. The clouds should begin to disperse in the northwest over the course of the day, but there will still be occasional thunderstorms and strong winds. Some sleet is also expected, and on higher ground there's a high chance of snowfall. Temperatures for Saturday range from 6C to 11C but will be around 3C in mountain areas. 

More rain and sleet are predicted for Sunday morning, with the possibility of some short thunderstorms and more heavy wind. Snow is also again predicted in the Alps. Temperatures are expected to range from 0C to 6C. 

Good news for next week, however, as the sun is supposed to shine next Monday and thunderstorms are expected to hold off.

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Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Over the weekend, large parts of Germany saw early snowfall, but will it continue throughout the winter?

Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Many parts of Germany experienced an early white Christmas over the weekend, as snow fell from Berlin to the Baltic Sea. Hesse also saw at least the first swirl of snowflakes and there was light snow in the Siegerland and the Hochsauerland districts of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Some areas of the country were hit particularly hard by the snow – a few centimetres of snow fell in Kassel, while large parts of Bavaria experienced heavy snowfall on Saturday.

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There were also numerous accidents on icy roads in North Rhine-Westphalia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein and Bavaria. 

Will there be more snowfall this week?

Snowfall is expected at the beginning of the week in some areas in Thuringia and Saxony, while further south, there is likely to be snowfall only at high altitudes – such as in the Bavarian Alps.

Snow lies on the beach in Zingst, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Georg Moritz

In the coming days, temperatures will rise again and the weather will become milder. According to the German Weather Service (DWD) temperatures will hover between 5C and 12C for most of the country, while only the northeast and east see maximum temperatures of 0C to 4C.

Will there be more snow this winter?

2022 has already broken weather records in Germany – the period from January to the end of October was the warmest since weather records began almost 140 years ago.

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Various weather models have already simulated the coming winter in Europe and Germany and provide estimations on how much warmer the coming winter is likely to be than from the years 1961 to 1990.

The models created by NASA, DWD, and the Climate Forecast System all agree that trend of rising temperatures will probably continue over the winter. Between December and February, it’s expected that the mercury will be between 1C and 3C higher than it was between 1961 and 1990. 

Meteorologist Corinna Borau from wetter.com told the Frankfurter Rundschau that she thinks that it’s extremely unlikely that there will be further snowfall in December in Germany.

“If the month looks rather dry and too mild overall, then we can’t expect large amounts of snow” Borau said. 

According to Borau, January is unlikely to be a “snow bomb” either, though it will still “feel like winter” and snow is only expected to fall sporadically. In February, however, the chances of snowfall are higher than in previous months.

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