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Temperatures up to 17C forecast in Germany this weekend

It's already been a spring-like weather week in much of Germany. And it looks like the good weather will continue.

Temperatures up to 17C forecast in Germany this weekend
Stunning weather in Hamburg on Friday. Photo: DPA

Forecasters predict temperatures as high as 17C could be recorded in Germany this weekend.

As The Local reported earlier this week, the country has been enjoying a break from the winter, with mild temperatures and a lot of sunny afternoons.

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It’s down to an influx of sub-tropical air, which is warming up much up the country, and other parts of Europe.

On Friday, temperatures climbed to 16C in parts of western North Rhine-Westphalia, while Bremen and Hamburg enjoyed 15C. Around 14C was recorded in Kiel and the Berlin/Brandenburg area.

In southern parts, however, it was slightly cooler – in Munich and Stuttgart it was around 10C.

On top of the milder weather, the sun has been shining in the cloudless sky, much to the delight of residents who've been sitting on tables in the sunshine, flocking to parks and soaking up the vitamin D on their faces.

In Stuttgart on Friday, where it was around 10C, people enjoyed eating al fresco. Photo: DPA

In Berlin, where a strike by the public transport operator BVG took place, commuters made the most of the opportunity to cycle and walk to work in the sunlight.

On Saturday the German Weather Service (DWD) predicts the temperature will be between 12-16C during the day. On Sunday, in some parts of western Germany, the mercury could even climb to 17C.

'Calm sunny and mild weather'

Forecaster Florian Bilgeri from DWD said the high pressure area was continuing “to provide calm, mostly sunny and mild weather” and would result in even milder temperatures at the weekend.

But around the Danube river area in southern Germany, it will remain slightly cooler.

“On Sunday, the highest temperatures will be over 12C – locally even up to 17 degrees,” said Bilgeri. “Only on the coasts and on the Danube it remains somewhat cooler with a maximum of 9C.”

But remember to keep your cosy clothes nearby – or a good Übergangsjacke – as it the mercury drops when the sun goes down.

During the nights there could be light frost, particularly in the south as well as in parts of central Germany. In the snow-covered regions in mountain ranges, as well as at the edge of the Alps, lows of -5C are possible.

The beginning of the coming week will also be marked by relatively high temperatures for this time of year, before these drop again over the course of the week. It's still not known if it will remain dry next week or if we should expect some showers.

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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.

READ ALSO: Heavy rain in Bavaria swells rivers, but flooding avoided

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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