German heat record of the year expected Friday

German heat record of the year expected Friday
Guests in July at a popular beach on the Ostsee. Photo: DPA
First blisteringly hot, then thundery and wet: The heat record of the year could be set in Germany on Friday before lightning and thunder follow.

The German Weather Service (DWD) predicts highs of 34 degrees Celsius, maybe even a little more at some locations, meteorologist Lars Kirchhübel said on Wednesday in Offenbach.

The highest temperature of the year to date was measured on May 29th in Lingen in Lower Saxony at 34.2 degrees Celsius.

It is “within the realm of possibility, but not yet certain” that that value will be exceeded, said Kirchhübel.

This weekend will be thundery in many places, but next week will bring classical summer weather with boundless blue skies again.

According to DWD forecasts, it will be sunny and dry on Thursday, ranging between 26 to 33 degrees Celsius, though at the coast and in the northeast it will range from 21 to 25 degrees.

On Friday, the temperatures will further rise, especially along the Rhine and Main rivers.

At the same time, the south and west will be coated with clouds. From the Eifel to the Black Forest, and in the Alps, lightning and thunder is expected. Heavy rain is also possible.

Saturday also poses a possibility of thunderstorms in the south and middle of Germany. But meteorologists predict the rest of the country to be mostly sunny, with temperatures ranging between 26 and 32 degrees.

By the seaside and in the southwest, temperatures will cool down to 21 to 26 degrees.

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