Berlin’s emergency services warn of danger of icy roads and pavements

The Local has already been hit by the icy conditions on Monday morning. Reporter Shelley Pascual fell off her bike on an icy patch of road on her way to work in Berlin. She wasn’t the only one.

Berlin's emergency services warn of danger of icy roads and pavements
Photo: DPA

The Berlin fire services, which are responsible for accident rescue as well as dealing with fires, declared a state of emergency on Monday morning due to the large number of accidents they were responding to.

Shortly before 8am, the fire services reported being called out to over 50 different accident scenes, caused by black ice on the roads and pavements. Most of the emergency calls were for people who had slipped on the pavement.

They warned though that the icy roads were making it difficult for them to make it to the scenes of accidents as quickly as they normally would.

The Berlin fire services recommended that people leave their cars at home on Monday and travel by public transport. Meanwhile, a speed limit of 60 km/h has been imposed on the city's autobahn.

The Local's reporter Shelley Pascual was one of those who fell victim to the icy conditions when she fell off her own bike on the way to work. She reported seeing two other cyclists skid and fall in exactly the same spot.

The German Weather Service (DWD) issued a weather warning for most of north and east Germany, including Hamburg, Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

Fire services in Hamburg were also busy on Monday dealing with pedestrians who had slipped and fallen on the perilous city surfaces.

Generally, the DWD predicts that the cold snap is finally over.

While the northeast of the country will still have to deal with freezing temperatures on Monday evening, the south and west of the country could see the mercury rise to 13C in the coming days.


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.