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No sign of heatwave return in Germany as cooler weather continues

A cooler spell of weather is continuing in Germany, but temperatures could rise later in the week.

No sign of heatwave return in Germany as cooler weather continues
Dark clouds over Schwangau in Bavaria on Sunday. Photo: DPA

With clouds, rain showers and temperatures under 15C, it's fair to say summer is on a break in Germany.

And, although temperatures are likely to climb in the second half of the week, there are no signs of a heatwave resurgence, similar to the one that caused record-breaking temperatures in June.

Monday was set to be to be the coolest day of the week, according to German Weather Service (DWD) forecasters. The temperature was predicted to reach around 19C, with lows of 13-14C.

“Monday will probably be the coolest day,” said a spokesman for DWD. Highs of 16C were expected at the coast, 17 to 19C in the northern half and around 19C in the south, with the warmest areas along the Rhine and Danube rivers.

In the following days, temperatures will rise slightly, with the warmest places set to be around the Mosel river and Upper Rhine region.

However, forecasters warned it's especially cool at night. “The temperatures usually sink to 12 to 7C,”  the DWD spokesman explained. In higher altitudes just 4C is possible.

SEE ALSO: Storms forecast in Germany after record breaking heatwave

Don't forget your jacket

Those in the west of the country, particularly North Rhine-Westphalia, have been warned it will be very cloudy with rain.

“The next few days will not be T-shirt weather,” said a meteorologist from the DWD based in Essen on Sunday. “In the morning in particular it's still fresh and you shouldn't forget your jacket.”

Tuesday remains cloudy in most parts of Germany, but there may be some sunny periods. The maximum temperatures are between 18 and 22C, while in mountain regions it will be about 15C.

According to forecasters, the risk of forest fires has gone down dramatically. Despite short showers, the drought continues in parts of Germany.

The DWD tweeted that the risk of wildfires had gone down due to the cooler weather.

Storms in Bavaria

It came after storms struck parts of southern Germany at the weekend. In Bavaria, there were heavy thunderstorms, hailstones, high winds and torrential rain on Sunday, reported local newspaper Merkur.de. In Günzburg, lightning struck a house, causing a fire. According to a police spokesman, residents were able to escape without suffering any injuries.

The region had experienced highs of 32C and blazing sunshine on Saturday, signalling a big shift in the weather.

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

READ ALSO: Cold spell comes to Germany following heatwave

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, June 30th.

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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.

READ ALSO: Heavy rain in Bavaria swells rivers, but flooding avoided

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.

READ ALSO: Damaged freighter blocks traffic at drought-hit Rhine

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.

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