Temperatures of 30C predicted in Germany in June

The mild month of May has brought chilly temperatures around the country - but that's slated to change as of June.

Temperatures of 30C predicted in Germany in June
A beach-goer eats an ice cream at Wannsee, a lake near Berlin, a few summers ago. Photo: DPA

Through May, there has only been sporadic sun amid rain, wind and even severe storms. But after weathering the last week of May, temperatures will rise over the weekend. 

On Tuesday, heavy rain flooded the streets of Dortmund, hail storms hit nearby Bochum and rain poured down on much of the west and southwest, with the downpour not predicted to let up until Wednesday evening. 

The northern parts of the country were warmer, but still cloudy, with temperatures not exceeding 20C.

But from Wednesday onwards, the mercury will head upwards. On Thursday, the public holiday of Himmelfahrt (Ascension Day), the German Weather Service (DWD) predicted clouds and slight rain in the west and northwest, warm temperatures of up to 24C in the east, and rainy temperatures not exceeding 17C degrees in the south.

Flooding in Dortmund on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Yet as the weekend edges closer, the temperatures will begin to rise. A draft of warm air from the Mediterranean is coming to Germany, causing temperatures to spike significantly, according to DWD.

By Sunday, summer temperatures upwards of 25C will be reached around most of the country, with the Mercury expected to hover just below 20C at the windy Baltic Sea. 

Reaching the 30C mark 

That’s only the beginning of a wave of warmth, report meteorologists, as temperatures are expected to increase even more in the coming week.

By Wednesday, the 30C mark will be reached or exceeded in many regions, including in notoriously windy northern Germany. Throughout the country, temperatures are predicted to stay in at least the high 20s C during the first week of June. 

The heat wave could last one to two weeks, also bringing with it heavy summer thunderstorms.

Meteorologists at the German Weather Service (DWD) are warning that the temperatures could become even more extreme in Germany than the summer of 2018, the warmest year on record.

Parts of Germany were met with severe drought – drying up rivers and affecting agriculture – and generating quickly-spreading forest fires.

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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.