Cold spell comes to Germany following heat wave

Following record heat of over 39C in June, Germany is recording new low temperature records. What will the following days bring?

Cold spell comes to Germany following heat wave
Clouds forming in Windheim, Bavaria on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Rotenburg (Wümme) in Lower Saxony recorded a record low July temperature of 2.9C on early Thursday morning, according to, breaking a station record which had stood since 1946.

The record low came only four days after Germany logged a record high June temperature of of 39.6C in Bernburg an der Saale in Saxony-Anhalt on Sunday.

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The dramatic dip can be attributed to cold polar air flowing to the south of the country, and staying stagnant in the centre.

Other central and eastern parts of Germany also logged chilly temperatures on early Thursday morning: Quickborn in northern Schleswig-Holstein saw its coldest recorded July temperature in 20 years at 4C. Göttingen also logged its lowest July temperature since 1996 (4C), and Friesoythe in Lower Saxony broke a low record set in 1971, also with 4C.

The village of Deutschneudorf in Saxony even had ground frost forming on Thursday morning. Such frost has only been recorded seven times throughout Germany during the month of July.

The cooler temperatures are slated to remain in Germany in the coming days. With low air pressure over northern Europe, the Bundesrepublik will be feeling cooler with denser clouds, sometimes gusty wind and a little rain, according to the German Weather Service (DWD). On Saturday, however, there will be particularly warm and sunny weather in the south.

Cooler Friday

Friday temperatures are slated to be pleasant and mild in central and south Germany, bringing in a mix of sun and clouds. The Mercury will rise between 24 to 30C, and the air will be dry.

But the north and east of Germany will be cloudy and even a little rainy, with the Mercury predicted to stay between 18 and 22C. Sweater weather will come to the coasts, with temperatures of 17C and a fresh breeze. 

Sunny and stormy Saturday

On Saturday temperatures of up to 31C will be felt around southern Germany. The air around the Alps will become more humid, causing strong thunderstorms to form in the afternoon. The rest of the country, however, should remain pleasant, with northern Flensberg set to stay at 18C and the rest of Germany hovering around a pleasant 25C.

Sunday and the coming week

Sunday will cool down a bit, with temperatures between 16 to 20C in most of the Bundesrepublik. The south, however, is expected to reach between 20 to 25C.

Rain showers and thunder will hit southern Germany in the morning, with a sunny afternoon in sight.

In the coming week, temperatures are expected to steadily increase, reported DWD. After a low point in the temperature on Monday (16 to 24C), the Mercury across Germany will steadily rise, but stay cool in the north and pleasantly warm in the south. 

A renewed heat wave is as unlikely after the long cool and rainy phase, said DWD, as it softens the dryness in the air.

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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.