Germany braced for more hail, thunder and torrential rain

The dry spell is over – for now. After sweltering temperatures that topped 42C last week, the country is dealing with thunderstorms, high winds, heavy rain and hailstones.

Germany braced for more hail, thunder and torrential rain
Lightning over Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg on Saturday. Photo: DPA

The German Weather Service (DWD) issued storm warnings for the eastern part of the country, including Berlin, on Monday.

“In the afternoon and evening in particular, there will be local storms with heavy rainfall of around 35 litres per square metre falling in a short amount of time, hail of around 2cm and gusts of wind of around 80 km/h”, said the DWD in its forecast.

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Occasionally, “extremely heavy rainfall” of 40 litres per square metre within an hour is possible, they said.

The DWD tweeted that there was an increased risk of severe weather, including thunderstorms and rain.

Temperatures are expected to reach between 27 and 31C. 

It came after a weekend of unsettled weather following last week's record-breaking heatwave. Heavy rain led to several accidents on the motorway between Thuringia and Hesse on Saturday and Sunday.

There was also huge amounts of rainfall and thunderstorms in the south of Germany, resulting in some homes becoming flooded in the Miesbach district in Bavaria. 

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In Baden-Württemberg, roads in the district of Reutlingen were flooded. A rescue mission was also underway Monday after two men became trapped by rising water in the Falkensteiner cave while they were exploring in the Swabian Alb region on Sunday.

Around 80 firefighters, rescue workers and cave rescuers were on site, reported Spiegel.

In the coming days it is likely to be cloudy with more rain across Germany – and even some more thunderstorms. 

Temperatures will be around 26 to 29C but it's likely to become cooler towards the end of the week.

Record-breaking temperatures

Last Thursday the highest ever temperatures since records began were recorded in Germany amid a Europe wide heatwave.

The new all-time was recorded in Lingen, Lower Saxony, where the mercury reached 42.6C at 6pm on Thursday.

Until last week, the previous heat record was 40.3 degrees, measured in the summer of 2015 in Kitzingen, Bavaria.

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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.