German weather service issues icy road warning on Tuesday

Drivers all over Germany will have to prepare for slippery roads on Tuesday, warned the German Weather Service (DWD), as a cold front brings ice through much of the country.

German weather service issues icy road warning on Tuesday
Snow hit the centre of Munich on Tuesday morning. Photo: DPA

According to the German Weather Service (DWD), there are especially icy roads in southern Germany – where snow also fell in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg – as well as in the eastern low mountain ranges and north of Hamburg.

Over the the course of the day, the rest of the country could become slippery in other places, especially in the north and northwest, even without snow. A cold front throughout the country causes wet roads to turn icy on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

DWD tweets the projection of snow fall throughout Germany for tomorrow.

“The thin ice layer can develop within a short time and thus cause accidents,” warned a DWD spokesman.

On Monday, there were already several accidents in Bavaria because of wet roads. According to the police, a car turned turned over the A8 near Adelzhausen after the driver lost control of his car because of the bad weather, reported the Augsburger Allgemeine.

In North-Rhine Westphalia there were also last traffic back-ups due to hail and light snowfall.

The frosty weather caused traffic back-ups in Bielefeld in North-Rhine Westphalia on Monday. Photo: DPA

In the next few days, too, drivers should prepare themselves for winter road conditions and drive accordingly carefully, DWD advised.

Cold conditions

Only the west of Germany can look forward to some sunshine in the coming days, they said. In other parts of the country it will be rather uncomfortable, with heavy clouds and showers outside. Other parts of Germany, including Bavaria and Badem-Wuertemberg, were also hit by snow on Tuesday.

A man rides through Gomaringen-Marbach, BadenWürttemberg, in the Swabian Alps.

Still, temperatures in most parts of Germany will remain above freezing during the day, with the mercury  generally ranging between 2 and 8 degrees.

DWD tweeted the current temperatures throughout the country. The warmest part of Germany is at the Ostsee.

Mountainous areas will be hard hit by wintry weather, with the Bavarian Alps receiving up to 70 centimetres of snow. In the Saxon highlands there are expected to be 20 to 30 centimetres.

The areas surrounding them are also experiencing snow. On Tuesday morning in Munich, pedestrians used umbrellas to shield themselves from the swift snowfall that swept through the city centre.

Pedestrians walking through the Haidhausen district of Munich. Photo: DPA

Despite the chilly temperatures, the German weather service stated that 2018 was the driest, warmest and sunniest year on record since 1881.

“This is an alert signal and tells us that we need to quickly find solutions,” said vice president Prof. Dr. Paul Becker at last week’s world climate conference in Katowice, Poland.German

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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.