Temperatures in Germany to reach up to 36 degrees Wednesday

Extreme temperatures led to public health warnings and even the temporary closure of Hanover airport as the thermometer hit highs of 36 degrees in some parts of Germany on Tuesday.

Temperatures in Germany to reach up to 36 degrees Wednesday
Beachgoers in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, it was especially hot in Northern Germany. “The absolute peak of the day was 35.9 degrees in Lingen in Lower Saxony,” said German Weather Service (DWD) meteorologist Florian Engelmann. “This marked the warmest day of the year so far.”

The high temperatures even led to a temporary closure of Hanover airport on Tuesday evening, after the airport's main runway suffered heat damage. The closure affected 41 departures and 44 landings, according to an airport spokesperson. Passengers stranded at the airport overnight were provided with camp beds, before normal service resumed on Wednesday morning.

A car inspects the runway at Hanover airport Wednesday morning to make sure the area is safe for take-off. Photo: DPA

According to the DWD, the small city of Barsinghausen in the Hanover region snagged second place for Tuesday temperature highs. The temperature in the district of Hohenbostel reached 35.6 degrees.

Only marginally cooler was Bernburg (Saale) in Saxony-Anhalt: with 35.1 degrees, the district town made it to third place.

“For the northern part of Germany it was one of the hottest days of the year,” said Engelmann. In Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, on the other hand, people sweated a little less. “They only measured around 27 degrees, so there were hotter days this year.”

“Heatwave on the horizon!” proclaims the German Weather Service in a tweet about Tuesday temperatures. Photo: DPA

Germany also experienced a tropical night on Tuesday, with temperatures only slightly cooler in the morning.

In Hamburg the thermometer showed an average of 23 degrees at night, in Saarland 22 degrees and in Berlin 20 degrees.

In most parts of the country, the sky stayed starry and cloudless in many places. “This is really very warm,” a speaker from the German Weather Service (DWD) said.

During the day, the sweltering and sweaty temperatures will continue, with the maximum temperatures expected to reach between 30 and 36 degrees.

By comparison, it will stay cooler in the higher mountains and on the coasts of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, with temperatures between 26 and 29 degrees, DWD predicted.

In addition to posing a risk of forest and field fires, the hot weather can also pose health consequences like dehydration and heat stroke, said DWD meteorologist Andreas Matzarakis.

“If your employer allows flextime, you may start early in the morning and go home at noon to spend less hot hours in the office,” he said.

The best measure against heat however, wrote DWD on its website, “is to go to the lake or open-air swimming pool and jump into the cooling water there.”

Amid high temperatures, a woman jumps into a Berlin lake last week. Photo: DPA

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15,000 people evacuated in Hanover after WWII bomb found

More than 15,000 people evacuated from their homes in the German city of Hanover were free to return early Tuesday after city officials said an unexploded World War II bomb had been defused.

15,000 people evacuated in Hanover after WWII bomb found
The bomb was discovered in Hanover on Monday. Photo: DPA

Residents of the capital of the northern state of Lower Saxony had been told to leave their homes in the early evening on Monday as a precaution on the discovery of the 250-kilogramme (550-pound) device.

Tweets less than an hour apart from the city hall reported the bomb defusal team starting work and then issuing the all-clear at 01:07 am.

The unearthing of World War II era bombs is a common occurrence in Hanover, home to some 500,000 people and one of dozens of cities the Allies targeted during the conflict.

In June, one such device had to be made safe near Berlin's popular Alexanderplatz square.

The largest post-war evacuation happened in September 2017, following the discovery of a bomb weighing several tons near the Frankfurt university campus. More than 60,000 people were affected.

Around one in ten of the millions of bombs dropped over Germany during the war did not go off, according to experts cited by news weekly Der Spiegel.

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On Monday evening, a second unexploded bomb in the western city Cologne was also defused, after 4,800 people were evacuated.