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More snow on the way for Germany as eastern beast refuses to budge

The German Weather Service (DWD) predicts below-zero temperatures for the north of the country all the way into next week. In the south though, things should improve at the weekend.

More snow on the way for Germany as eastern beast refuses to budge
Snow in Flensburg on Thursday. Photo: DPA

Don’t even think about putting away your long johns just yet. The DWD doesn’t think that the mercury will creep up above -7C along the Polish border on Thursday. The highest temperature predicted anywhere in the country is 1C – the regions around Mosel and Rhine rivers in the west will enjoy this luxury.

Still, much of northern and eastern Germany will enjoy fine weather, with clear skies predicted for the whole of Thursday. Only the North Sea coast is likely to be buffeted by snow showers.

In the south and west of the country will be overcast. But, apart from a bit of snow in the southwest, things should stay largely dry.

The DWD has issued a weather warning for the south of the country for Friday. The clouds will thicken and snow will fall thick and fast, turning later into icy rain, raising the risk of black ice on the roads.

The north and east of the country will remain largely cloud free but temperatures still won’t rise above zero. By the evening the thermometer will drop once again down to a bitterly cold -12C.

This Statista graph shows that February 2018 was the coldest February of the last five years.

Saturday will be another scarf day in the northern half of the country with temperatures ranging between -5C and zero. Sunday will offer little relief before the mercury is at long last predicted to clamber up into the positive figures at the beginning of next week.

By Sunday the south of the country is predicted to be basking in temperatures of up to 11 degrees. The DWD predicted temperatures of up to 5C in the northeast part of the country. Yet weather.com was slightly more optimistic, forecasting a high of 6C.

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Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

An extreme heat warning was in place for eastern Germany on Monday, while storms were also set to hit the country.

Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

The German Weather Service (DWD) said temperatures could reach 36C on Monday. 

In the morning, the DWD issued an extreme heat warning for eastern regions, as shown below in the map. 

Map of Germany shows the heat warning in the east on Monday June 27th.

Photo: German Weather Service (DWD)

Forecasters said later on Monday, the south and east of the country would be hit by thunderstorms as well as large hailstones, strong winds and heavy rain.

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In the north, west and centre of Germany, forecasters predicted clouds and some showers. Over the course of Monday, heavy thunderstorms with heavy rain, hailstones and strong winds are also possible in the north.

“Thunderstorms have occurred in the past few days and will continue in the coming days, as the established weather situation will remain virtually unchanged,” said a spokesperson from the DWD. 

However, the large temperature differences are striking: in the west of Germany, the mercury will only reach just above 20C in places.

Overnight to Tuesday, the DWD predicts thunderstorms – some of them heavy – from the Baltic Sea to the Alps, and later there is set to be more showers. It could still reach 28C in some places, especially in the east.

The DWD said: “The risk of thunderstorms will remain in the southern half of the country, while the northern half will calm down after the last thunderstorms have moved to Poland.

“This will change again on Wednesday night, when showers and thunderstorms, some of them thundery, as well as heavy rain will make their way north. On Wednesday, it will be quite unsettled with muggy temperatures almost all over the country.”

Forecasters said the weather will remain changeable for the rest of the week, but it should become more settled from next weekend.

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