After mini-break, heatwave to come back in full force

Temperatures cooled somewhat in parts of the country on Sunday, but meteorologists predict that the sun is going to beat down on the country for much of the week.

After mini-break, heatwave to come back in full force
Photo: DPA

In the north of Germany, the mercury dropped to a wonderfully cool 13 Celsius on Sunday evening, offering some badly needed respite from the heat. The people of the south had no such luck – the heat there remained distinctly tropical, with a minimum temperature of 25C recorded on Lake Constance.

But the heatwave, which has been making Germans suffer for weeks, is set to come back with a vengeance over the next few days, according to predictions by the German Weather Service (DWD).

The south is predicted to bear the brunt of the heat, with the thermometer rising to 35C on Monday. Heavy storms are predicted for the mountainous regions of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, bringing a possibility of hail or torrential rainfall.

By Tuesday, Berlin will see highs of 37C. And by Wednesday the east of the country will likely be hit by temperatures rising to 39C, meaning the year’s record high of 39.2C could be under threat.

Relief could come on Thursday though, when storm clouds are set to spread out across many regions of the country, bring cooler temperatures with them.

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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.