Easter holiday weather: What can Germany expect?

After a blast of warm weather, spring weather has taken a turn for the worst in recent days. But there’s good news as we move into Easter week.

Easter holiday weather: What can Germany expect?
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This is a German language-learner article. Vocabulary words have been italicized.

With many states in Germany starting their school holidays on Monday, the weather outlook at first appears to be a bit disappointing.

On Friday and Saturday forecasters from the German Weather Service (DWD) said that very cool air had come into the country leading to low digits across Deutschland.

With highs of around 8C in Berlin (and lows of 2C), while in western Germany the temperature will struggle to get above 4C, it's not the best start to spring.

It's all the more disappointing after last weekend's flurry of sunshine that pushed temperatures over 20C in some places.

SEE ALSO: Seven signs that spring has arrived in Germany

Forecasters said there could even be some sleet and frost in the early hours of Saturday, particularly in mountain regions.

“In regions with dense cloud cover at night, however, the risk of frost and therefore also the risk of icy conditions is low,” added DWD expert Sebastian Schappert on Friday.

Good news ahead

However, over the course of next week the cool air shifts its focus to western Russia, which means milder air will gradually spread over Germany, allowing spring to make its comeback.

Forecasters predict that on Good Friday temperatures could reach above 20C in some parts of the country.

The highest temperatures are expected in the Rhineland area (forecasters predict 22C). In other areas it will be between 17 and 19C.

However, at the North Sea and Baltic Sea it will probably feel a little fresher, with highs of about 14C.

Over the long Easter weekend, which lasts through Monday, April 22nd, the best weather is expected to be in the northern half of the country, which will have dry and sunny spells.

Over the course of next weekend, it could be changeable in the west and southwest of Germany so keep an eye out for weather forecasts nearer the time to get a better picture of the scenario.

Best to bring your Übergangsjacke (in-between-seasons-jacket) if you're talking part in an outdoor Easter egg hunt, just in case.

SEE ALSO: German word of the day: Übergangsjacke


Very cool air – sehr kühle Luft

Changeable – Wechselhaft

Easter – Ostern

Good Friday – Karfreitag

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Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

An extreme heat warning was in place for eastern Germany on Monday, while storms were also set to hit the country.

Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

The German Weather Service (DWD) said temperatures could reach 36C on Monday. 

In the morning, the DWD issued an extreme heat warning for eastern regions, as shown below in the map. 

Map of Germany shows the heat warning in the east on Monday June 27th.

Photo: German Weather Service (DWD)

Forecasters said later on Monday, the south and east of the country would be hit by thunderstorms as well as large hailstones, strong winds and heavy rain.

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In the north, west and centre of Germany, forecasters predicted clouds and some showers. Over the course of Monday, heavy thunderstorms with heavy rain, hailstones and strong winds are also possible in the north.

“Thunderstorms have occurred in the past few days and will continue in the coming days, as the established weather situation will remain virtually unchanged,” said a spokesperson from the DWD. 

However, the large temperature differences are striking: in the west of Germany, the mercury will only reach just above 20C in places.

Overnight to Tuesday, the DWD predicts thunderstorms – some of them heavy – from the Baltic Sea to the Alps, and later there is set to be more showers. It could still reach 28C in some places, especially in the east.

The DWD said: “The risk of thunderstorms will remain in the southern half of the country, while the northern half will calm down after the last thunderstorms have moved to Poland.

“This will change again on Wednesday night, when showers and thunderstorms, some of them thundery, as well as heavy rain will make their way north. On Wednesday, it will be quite unsettled with muggy temperatures almost all over the country.”

Forecasters said the weather will remain changeable for the rest of the week, but it should become more settled from next weekend.