Germany braces for violent storms and extreme winds

Storm Sabine is forecast to hit Germany at the end of the weekend bringing with it high winds and rain.

Germany braces for violent storms and extreme winds
High waters on a stormy day in Schleswig-Holstein in January. Photo: DPA

On Sunday forecasters predict heavy showers, gale-force winds and thunderstorms. There might also be some hailstones and localized flooding.

In a statement, the German Weather Service (DWD) said the weekend would be fairly calm from a meteorological point of view, but “from Sunday onwards the tone will change significantly, as a nationwide, partly severe storm situation is likely”.

Forecasters said the strong gusts will be felt in the northwest of Germany as early as Sunday morning, particularly in areas at the North Sea coast.

The storm will then spread to the north and centre of the country. And on Sunday night, the south of Germany will also be affected.

DWD posted this graphic which shows where the strongest winds are expected (areas in red on the map).

According to forecasters, the wind will continue to increase and heavy gusts are likely in some areas.

“With a cold front moving simultaneously from northwest to southeast, gale-force gusts of over 105 km/h and hurricane-speed gusts are also possible at times,” said the weather service.

Some weather experts predicted wind speeds of more than 120km/h.

Rescue workers at the scene of a fallen tree in Stuttgart on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Meanwhile, the storm will likely continue throughout Monday until the early hours of Tuesday.

DWD tweeted a warning on Thursday to say that the storm coming from the Norway area was due to arrive in Germany from Sunday.

The weather will likely cause disruption to public transport and commuters are warned to allow more time to get to work on Monday.

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn said it was ready for any extreme weather and preparations would “naturally be in full swing”.

“Technicians and staff are in stand-by mode so that in the event of a disruption, train traffic can resume as quickly as possible,” the spokeswoman said.

However, meteorologist Bernd Hussing, based in Essen, said it was hard to predict the severity of the storm and winds.

“How strong it will be is still a bit uncertain,” he told German newspaper, RP Online. 

It came after torrential rain mixed with strong winds caused widespread disruption in southern and western Germany earlier this week.

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Germany set for scorching temperatures up to 30C

After days of summery weather, temperatures in Germany are set to peak at around 30C this week before a cooler spell over the weekend.

Germany set for scorching temperatures up to 30C

After a long spell of sunny weather, most parts of Germany could see summer arrive early this week with clear blue skies and sweltering temperatures – but the hot weather may not last long, according to meteorologists.

Heat and sunshine should last through the middle of the week but suddenly give way to cooler temperatures over the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) predicts.

On Tuesday, most regions see temperatures in the mid to high 20s and a continuation of the dry weather of the past week. In the northeast, including Berlin, the mercury could reach 28C, and temperatures are likely to be between 22C and 28C across western and central areas.

Those in higher altitude regions of the south and those along the north coast should be the only people needing their rain jackets as this part of the country could see scattered showers and clouds, according to DWD.

Wednesday is the day to plan a lake trip as this is likely to be the hottest day of the week. 

Most parts of the country will stay sunny and dry throughout the day and people can expect summery temperatures of between 24C and 30C.

For those on the north coast, it’s likely to be a little chillier, with temperatures of around 15C and partly overcast skies.

Thursday and Friday are likely to bring with them cooler temperatures, with the hot spell giving way to scattered showers and clouds in many regions over the weekend.

On Saturday, southern regions will see highs up of up to 23C while the northern regions will slip down to 18C during the day.

But anyone planning to be out and about on Saturday evening in the south should bring a warm jacket as the mercury could drop as low as 4C. 

Sunny weather Standbad Lübars

A woman enjoys the warm weather at Standbad Lübars in Berlin. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Britta Pedersen

Northern regions ‘too dry’ 

Though most people have been thrilled to see a warm burst of sunshine in the middle of spring, climate experts have been voicing concern about the uneven rainfall across the country.

In an analysis published on the DWD website, the meteorologists claimed that the northern and eastern parts of Germany have been “clearly too dry” in the past weeks.

“A first glance at the current map already reveals that the regional differences of April have continued in May,” they wrote. “In almost all regions of the northern half and in some parts of the centre, hardly more than 10 and in many places not even 5 litres of rain per square-metre fell in the first days of May.”

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Though experts had predicted low rainfall, the first 10 days of May have been even drier than predicted.

The lack of rainfall has caused groundwater to dry up significantly, sparking fears of forest fires and drought over summer.

Though more rainfall could come at the end of May, the Weather Channel’s Jan Schenk believes the probability of an overly dry summer is now “very high”.

Schenk believes that predictions for rainfall could have overestimated the amount of precipitation by up to 50 litres per square metre in some areas. This is a reason for households to start saving water now, he told HNA