IN PICTURES: How Germany is dealing with ‘hottest ever temperatures’

Germany is experiencing its hottest ever temperatures since records began. Here's some of the best pictures that sum up the moment.

IN PICTURES: How Germany is dealing with 'hottest ever temperatures'
Two people take to the water in Hamburg. Photo: DPA

Cooling off in sizzling Lingen

A new temperature record was recorded on Thursday as the mercury rose to over 42C in Lingen, Lower Saxony. In the town, youngsters cooled off in water fountains or headed to the pool.

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Chilling at the (busy) beach

If you're not working then you may have opted to head to the beach to do some relaxing. But a lot of people probably had the same idea – like those caught up on this busy beach in Zinnowitz on the northern German island of Usedom on the Baltic Sea on Wednesday.

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Tough for animals

Berlin Tierpark's polar bear Hertha is probably not enjoying this scorching summer. Staff have been helping her – and her mum Tonja – keep cool, as this picture taken on Wednesday shows.

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We couldn't not share this gorgeous photo of a deer jumping through a field at sunrise on Tuesday in Erding, Bavaria. It's probably the coolest time of the day…

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Some stores, cafes and restaurants have been closing up because of the heat – a phenomenon known as 'hitzefrei' (literally heat free) in Germany. This photo shows a store in Geilenkirchen where a heat record was set on Wednesday.

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Jumping into the water

Plunging into the water is perhaps the best way to stay cool. Here, a man jumps into the Ammersee in Utting, Bavaria, during the sunshine and high temperatures on Wednesday. Looks like fun, we're not going to lie.

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Here, a bather jumps into an outdoor pool (Freibad) in the late evening sun in Bielefeld.

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During the heatwave, locals in Munich have been heading to the banks of the Isar river to cool down.

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The whole of Germany has been experiencing these high temperatures. Below, a couple sit with their son on the shore of Lake Constance in Friedrichshafen, Baden-Württemberg.

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Hot in the city

This photo of Frankfurt shows the heat of the sizzling Thursday midday sun from a distance.

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Here, a photographer has caught the sun rising between the towers of the cathedral “Saint Peter and Paul” in Obermachtal, Baden-Württemberg.

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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.

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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.