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Storms with gusts upwards of 100km/hour strike Germany

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

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

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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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.

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