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Thunderstorms and heat wave forecast for Germany

More thunderstorms and extreme hail showers are on the way to Germany, according to forecasters.

Thunderstorms and heat wave forecast for Germany
Lightning in Dresden on Monday night. Photo: DPA

After giant hailstones battered Munich and the surrounding area on Monday, the German Weather Service (DWD) said there is a risk of further thunderstorms, torrential rain, high winds and hail throughout Germany on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Forecasters have warned that the east and southeast of the country are likely to face more extreme weather on Tuesday, while thunderstorms are to spread north in the night.

They added that sweltering temperatures up to 32C are expected in the east of the country. A heat warning has been put in place there.

This German Weather Service report shows where storms are expected, plus it highlights the heat warning in the east.

50,000 lightning flashes

On Monday night and in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the roar of thunder awakened many people in eastern parts of Germany.

Those who looked out of the window in Berlin and Brandenburg witnessed a natural spectacle: around 50,000 lightning flashes lit the sky in the region, reported broadcaster RBB 24.

SEE ALSO: IN PICTURES – Giant hailstones hit Munich as storms continue across Germany

Lightning in Berlin in the early hours of Tuesday. Photo: DPA

In the whole of 2019, around 130,000 lightning bolts illuminated the skies in this region, indicating the phenomenon of the latest storm.

According to BILD, the figures are calculated on weather data from 155 interconnected measuring stations.

A spokesman for the Berlin fire brigade said, luckily, there was no major storm damage.

In Finsterwalde, Brandenburg, a lightning strike triggered a roof fire, but it was quickly extinguished, a spokeswoman for the Lausitz control centre told RBB24. The heavy rain led to smaller operations after water flooded some basements.

Thunder clouds in Brandenburg. Photo: DPA

The DWD said strong thunderstorms could lash the region on Tuesday evening. This could result in gusts of wind of up to 80 km/h combined with heavy rain. Giant hailstones and wind speeds up to 95 km/h are also possible, said DWD.

The large nationwide differences in temperature remain: temperatures in the southeast and east were expected to be between 25 and 32C on Tuesday, while in the central and northern parts of Germany it should be noticeably cooler at 21 to 25C. In the west and southwest, the mercury is expected to reach just 16 to 20C.

According to forecasters, the risk of thunderstorms will decrease on Thursday.

Storms throughout the south and east

On Monday, the focus of the storm front was on southern Germany and Saxony.

As the Local reported, the hail shower in the Munich area caused injuries, and damaged property when it fell during a storm in the afternoon on Monday.

Several car windows were broken by the hailstones. Meanwhile, houses were submerged in water as torrential rain fell.

Emergency teams were called out on 550 operations in Munich alone, DPA reported.

In the south of Saxony 30 to 50 litres of rain fell per hour, the DWD registered hailstones with a diameter of up to four centimetres. In the Erzgebirgskreis region, the police reported several flooded streets.

It comes after a series of extreme weather incidents in Germany in recent weeks, which included a tornado in western Germany.

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Germany set for scorching temperatures up to 30C

After days of summery weather, temperatures in Germany are set to peak at around 30C this week before a cooler spell over the weekend.

Germany set for scorching temperatures up to 30C

After a long spell of sunny weather, most parts of Germany could see summer arrive early this week with clear blue skies and sweltering temperatures – but the hot weather may not last long, according to meteorologists.

Heat and sunshine should last through the middle of the week but suddenly give way to cooler temperatures over the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) predicts.

On Tuesday, most regions see temperatures in the mid to high 20s and a continuation of the dry weather of the past week. In the northeast, including Berlin, the mercury could reach 28C, and temperatures are likely to be between 22C and 28C across western and central areas.

Those in higher altitude regions of the south and those along the north coast should be the only people needing their rain jackets as this part of the country could see scattered showers and clouds, according to DWD.

Wednesday is the day to plan a lake trip as this is likely to be the hottest day of the week. 

Most parts of the country will stay sunny and dry throughout the day and people can expect summery temperatures of between 24C and 30C.

For those on the north coast, it’s likely to be a little chillier, with temperatures of around 15C and partly overcast skies.

Thursday and Friday are likely to bring with them cooler temperatures, with the hot spell giving way to scattered showers and clouds in many regions over the weekend.

On Saturday, southern regions will see highs up of up to 23C while the northern regions will slip down to 18C during the day.

But anyone planning to be out and about on Saturday evening in the south should bring a warm jacket as the mercury could drop as low as 4C. 

Sunny weather Standbad Lübars

A woman enjoys the warm weather at Standbad Lübars in Berlin. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Britta Pedersen

Northern regions ‘too dry’ 

Though most people have been thrilled to see a warm burst of sunshine in the middle of spring, climate experts have been voicing concern about the uneven rainfall across the country.

In an analysis published on the DWD website, the meteorologists claimed that the northern and eastern parts of Germany have been “clearly too dry” in the past weeks.

“A first glance at the current map already reveals that the regional differences of April have continued in May,” they wrote. “In almost all regions of the northern half and in some parts of the centre, hardly more than 10 and in many places not even 5 litres of rain per square-metre fell in the first days of May.”

READ ALSO: EXPLAINED: How the climate crisis is hitting Europe hard

Though experts had predicted low rainfall, the first 10 days of May have been even drier than predicted.

The lack of rainfall has caused groundwater to dry up significantly, sparking fears of forest fires and drought over summer.

Though more rainfall could come at the end of May, the Weather Channel’s Jan Schenk believes the probability of an overly dry summer is now “very high”.

Schenk believes that predictions for rainfall could have overestimated the amount of precipitation by up to 50 litres per square metre in some areas. This is a reason for households to start saving water now, he told HNA

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