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Golden October: Germany enjoys sunshine and warmth

After a sunny and unseasonably warm weekend, we look at what we can expect from the weather in Germany this week.

Golden October: Germany enjoys sunshine and warmth
It was a beautiful Monday morning in Baden-Württemberg. Photo: DPA

Golden leaves, fresh air and sunshine: autumn is a beautiful season in Germany. And this weekend was no different: there were unseasonably warm temperatures of up to 27C in some parts of the country. 

It's down to a high front from southern Europe which is helping to keep temperatures high, particularly in the south and east of Germany.

In Bavaria, it reached 27C, while it was also warm in neighbouring Baden-Württemberg. In the east, many Berliners and Brandenburgers enjoyed the temperatures of around 23C for walks in parks or along the numerous lakes. Some even braved the cooler water temperatures and went for a dip.

READ ALSO: Six signs autumn has arrived in Germany

A woman swims in Baden-Württemberg on Monday morning. Photo: DPA

However, in the north and north west it's been a different story. The temperatures have not been so high there, there's been more rain – and even some storms.

And this sets the tone for the coming days. A low front moving in will bring dense clouds and rain. So make the most of the good weather if it's nice where you are.

The German Weather Service (DWD) said that from Wednesday the weather will become more unpredictable, “but it will remain mild,” DWD meteorologist Julia Fruntke said.

On Monday, temperatures in the south are forecast to rise to a warm late summer temperature of 20 to 26C. In the north the mercury reaches 14 to 19C, so it’s noticeably milder there. Occasional showers are also expected. 

The DWD tweeted a picture of the scene from their office in Offenbach on Monday, saying there were expected to be highs of 24C.

Clouds and more frequent rainfall is expected on Tuesday in the southwest and west, however in the east it should remain dry. The maximum temperatures will reach between 17 to 24C.

On Wednesday, maximum temperatures will be up to 19C and it’s looking like it will be cloudy across the country although perhaps slightly better in western regions.

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Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Over the weekend, large parts of Germany saw early snowfall, but will it continue throughout the winter?

Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Many parts of Germany experienced an early white Christmas over the weekend, as snow fell from Berlin to the Baltic Sea. Hesse also saw at least the first swirl of snowflakes and there was light snow in the Siegerland and the Hochsauerland districts of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Some areas of the country were hit particularly hard by the snow – a few centimetres of snow fell in Kassel, while large parts of Bavaria experienced heavy snowfall on Saturday.

READ ALSO: Surviving winter: 8 tips for enjoying the cold like a true German

There were also numerous accidents on icy roads in North Rhine-Westphalia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein and Bavaria. 

Will there be more snowfall this week?

Snowfall is expected at the beginning of the week in some areas in Thuringia and Saxony, while further south, there is likely to be snowfall only at high altitudes – such as in the Bavarian Alps.

Snow lies on the beach in Zingst, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Georg Moritz

In the coming days, temperatures will rise again and the weather will become milder. According to the German Weather Service (DWD) temperatures will hover between 5C and 12C for most of the country, while only the northeast and east see maximum temperatures of 0C to 4C.

Will there be more snow this winter?

2022 has already broken weather records in Germany – the period from January to the end of October was the warmest since weather records began almost 140 years ago.

READ ALSO: ‘A glimpse into our climate future’: Germany logs warmest October on record

Various weather models have already simulated the coming winter in Europe and Germany and provide estimations on how much warmer the coming winter is likely to be than from the years 1961 to 1990.

The models created by NASA, DWD, and the Climate Forecast System all agree that trend of rising temperatures will probably continue over the winter. Between December and February, it’s expected that the mercury will be between 1C and 3C higher than it was between 1961 and 1990. 

Meteorologist Corinna Borau from wetter.com told the Frankfurter Rundschau that she thinks that it’s extremely unlikely that there will be further snowfall in December in Germany.

“If the month looks rather dry and too mild overall, then we can’t expect large amounts of snow” Borau said. 

According to Borau, January is unlikely to be a “snow bomb” either, though it will still “feel like winter” and snow is only expected to fall sporadically. In February, however, the chances of snowfall are higher than in previous months.

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