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Summer heat expected over weekend as mercury set to rise to 25C

The German Weather Service (DWD) has predicted that much of the country will be basking in warm summer temperatures on Sunday - a week after thick snowfall.

Summer heat expected over weekend as mercury set to rise to 25C
Sun in Dresden on Tuesday, April 3rd. Photo: DPA

Temperatures in Germany have been yo-yo-ing between winter chill and summer heat in recent days. But the DWD says that summer will take the upper hand over the weekend.

A high pressure has spread over the country, the DWD states, bringing with it beautiful blue skies and warm air, with the mercury rising ever further into the 20s over the coming days.

On Friday, the south and west of the country will enjoy the best weather, with highs of between 15C and 19C.

The rest of the country will be considerably cooler, with temperatures remaining somewhere between 10C and 14C.

Clear skies will make for a cold night on Friday though, with the thermometer dropping all the way down to freezing point in the east.

At the start of the weekend the skies will be clear across the whole country, except for the occasional high cloud in the west and northwest. Germans will also have a chance to put some colour in their skin with highs of 23C inland, while on the coast a cool wind will temper the heat down to 18C.

On Sunday, thick clouds will begin to cover the west of the country, but the air will keep getting warmer. Much of the country will enjoy temperatures peaking at 25C.

After thick snowfall over the Easter weekend in Berlin, Hamburg and other parts of the north and east, the change in the weather is particularly dramatic.

So it’s time to pack away your woolly hats and to fire up the barbecue.

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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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