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IN PICTURES: Supermoon lights up the sky across Germany

If you've been looking outside the window recently, you may have spotted the moon looking bigger and brighter than usual.

IN PICTURES: Supermoon lights up the sky across Germany
A cyclist watching the moon on April 7th in Sieversdorf, Brandenburg. Photo: DPA

The supermoon (der Supermond) has been luring numerous photographers and stargazers outside. And on Tuesday night the moon was particularly majestic.

A supermoon happens when the moon reaches the closest point to Earth in its 27-day orbit and it happens to be full, which occurs approximately once a year.

It came as temperatures reached the high teens across Germany amid coronavirus restrictions which call on people to only leave their homes for essential reasons, such as for shopping or exercise.

According to the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the moon can come within 356,400 kilometres to Earth, measured from centre to centre (known as perigee) – and up to 406,700 kilometres away from Earth (known as apogee).

The next supermoon will be visible in May 2021, says the DLR.

Below you'll find some of the best pictures and tweets.  Pictures are all DPA unless otherwise stated.

This beautiful photo shows the moon next to the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie.

This photo was taken in Düsseldorf, western Germany.

The below image was captured in Kassel, Hesse.

The moon looked huge in Nuremberg.

A photographer captured the moon next to a traffic light in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the below image.

The moon above the Reichstag building in Berlin.

A bird perched in front of the moon in Frankfurt, Hesse.

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Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

An extreme heat warning was in place for eastern Germany on Monday, while storms were also set to hit the country.

Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

The German Weather Service (DWD) said temperatures could reach 36C on Monday. 

In the morning, the DWD issued an extreme heat warning for eastern regions, as shown below in the map. 

Map of Germany shows the heat warning in the east on Monday June 27th.

Photo: German Weather Service (DWD)

Forecasters said later on Monday, the south and east of the country would be hit by thunderstorms as well as large hailstones, strong winds and heavy rain.

READ ALSO: Germany sees record temperatures

In the north, west and centre of Germany, forecasters predicted clouds and some showers. Over the course of Monday, heavy thunderstorms with heavy rain, hailstones and strong winds are also possible in the north.

“Thunderstorms have occurred in the past few days and will continue in the coming days, as the established weather situation will remain virtually unchanged,” said a spokesperson from the DWD. 

However, the large temperature differences are striking: in the west of Germany, the mercury will only reach just above 20C in places.

Overnight to Tuesday, the DWD predicts thunderstorms – some of them heavy – from the Baltic Sea to the Alps, and later there is set to be more showers. It could still reach 28C in some places, especially in the east.

The DWD said: “The risk of thunderstorms will remain in the southern half of the country, while the northern half will calm down after the last thunderstorms have moved to Poland.

“This will change again on Wednesday night, when showers and thunderstorms, some of them thundery, as well as heavy rain will make their way north. On Wednesday, it will be quite unsettled with muggy temperatures almost all over the country.”

Forecasters said the weather will remain changeable for the rest of the week, but it should become more settled from next weekend.

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