Spring returns: Temperatures up to 20C forecast in Germany

After fierce storms, including a tornado, caused chaos across the country, there is good news: spring-like weather is returning to Germany.

Spring returns: Temperatures up to 20C forecast in Germany
Flowers are blooming in Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg. Photo: DPA

This week temperatures could hit 20C in some parts of the country thanks to a new band of high pressure, dubbed “Hannelore” by forecasters. 

“Just in time for the beginning of spring: Hannelore brings mild air and sunshine on Wednesday, with local temperatures of 15C in the west. At night, however, it's frosty,” tweeted the German Weather Service (DWD).

After a cold start on Tuesday morning, forecasters predict that temperatures will climb to the low teens on Wednesday, which is officially the first day of spring according to meteorologists. And it will be even warmer in the second half of the week. 

It's a stark contrast to last week when torrential rain, snow, high winds — and even a tornado — struck Germany, leaving a trail of devastation. It also comes a few weeks after the first unofficial spring hit the country bringing with it unseasonably warm temperatures for February. 

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Sunshine and increasing temperatures

More sun is expected later in the day Tuesday.  “From the North Sea to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania there is more sunshine,” weather expert Stefanie Scharping of the MeteoGroup told German news site T Online. “In the southwest there are also lots of sunny spells.”

In Berlin temperatures of 9C were expected on Tuesday, while in the Rhineland area, the thermometer was forecast to reach 12C.

But it remains cold in some places: there is likely to be fresh snow at the Erzgebirge mountain region and the Alps. 

On Wednesday many parts of Germany will experience a mix of sunshine and clouds. In the area around Münsterland, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and parts of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania it will be cloudier. Those living on the coast could see some rain.

“It's about to get warmer,” tweeted the German Weather Service (DWD) on Tuesday. 

The southern half will remain dry and sunny. In the east highs of 13C are forecast, while it could reach 15C in the west.

Freiburg on Monday. Photo: DPA

On Thursday it will remain dry for the most part, although some rain could fall in the north.

Temperatures are likely to reach 17C in the Lower Rhine area, 13C in Munich and 15C in Berlin. 

On Friday it will remain sunny in the southern half of Germany, and in the north there is likely to be a mix of sun and clouds. At the Baltic Sea it will be about 10C, in Berlin 16C and 17C in Munich. In Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, positively spring-like temperatures of up to 20C are forecast along with sunshine.

In parts of Brandenburg, such as Potsdam and Cottbus, the mercury could hit 19C on Friday, reported the Berliner Zeitung.

At the weekend temperatures are likely to drop slightly but it will remain mild especially in the south west. 

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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.