Storms with gusts upwards of 100km/hour strike Germany

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Storms with gusts upwards of 100km/hour strike Germany
Stormy weather came to Brocken in the Herz mountains on Wednesday. Photo: DPA

After "Eberhard" struck large parts of Germany over the weekend, a new storm dubbed "Franz" is causing more weather woes and travel chaos.


In the coming days, the weather is likely to stay stormy despite the recovery phases, according to the German Weather Service (DWD) on Wednesday.

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The new storm will spread around Germany, causing showers, thunderstorms, and hail.

As a precaution, Germany's main rail operator Deutsche Bahn (DB) warned that there could be delays in North Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein.

DB asked travellers to inform themselves in advance about the connections on its website.

According to the DWD, gusts of wind of up to 85 kilometres per hour came to NRW on Wednesday, with heavy gusts of up to 100 km per hour in the mountains. In addition, thunderstorms are expected in many places.

"We expect heavy showers," said a meteorologist. "But it is weaker than what we had on Sunday. The storm should calm down by the evening."

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Parts of northeast Germany were met with fierce winds of up to 100 km per hour on Wednesday, as well as a rain and sleet. Brocken in the Herz Mountains in Saxony-Anhalt had winds of 117 km/hour as well as temperatures as low as -4 degrees.

The following graph in a tweet from DWD shows the wind speed in kilometres throughout the country.

Calming down as the week goes on

On Thursday, forecasters predict milder temperatures -- with lots of clouds, widespread rain, and the snow starting at 600 metres above sea level.

During the day the snowfall line will rise up to 1000 meters. Within the low mountain ranges, particularly in the Black Forest and Allgäu, it will rain long and persistently. The wind is stormy, in the peaks also hurricane-like.

On Friday it will remain mostly cloudy, with only some slight sun in the east of the country. In the course of the day new rain comes from the west.

A Eurowings flight struggles to land in Hanover on Wednesday due to strong winds. Photo: DPA

Day temperatures are between 7C and 13C degrees. Due to subtropical warm air, it will become warmer over the weekend.

On the Upper Rhine, temperatures of up to 20 degrees may even be reached locally.

However, a cold front on Sunday will ensure that the mercury at the beginning of next week stays in the single digits.

But the strong western current is likely to weaken from Tuesday onwards, "It's possible that the weather will calm down," meteorologist Sebastian Schappert said on Wednesday.


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