Temperatures top 30C in Germany

Very hot temperatures are expected in parts of Germany this week – but there are thunderstorms forecast too.

Temperatures top 30C in Germany
Two people soak up the sun in Cologne on June 24th. Photo: DPA

On Wednesday, temperatures reached 31C in parts of western Germany, including Cologne and Gladbach.

Elsewhere the mercury reached 27C in Hanover, while in Munich it was somewhat cooler at 23C.

Over the course of the rest of the week, it's set to remain very warm across the country with temperatures in the late 20s up to 33C – but there is likely to be some storms so make sure you take a waterproof jacket or umbrella with you.

On Thursday night in Brandenburg and Saxony, as well as in the eastern Bavarian low mountain ranges, isolated thunderstorms with heavy rain could fall.

And across the weekend, heavy rain showers could hit some areas, including Berlin.

It came as the rest of Europe experienced soaring temperatures as coronavirus lockdowns lift.

In some areas, the mercury even topped 41C on Tuesday, such as Seville in southern Spain where people were cooling off in fountains or taking a dip in the Guadalquivir River in the morning.

Elsewhere in southern and western areas, temperatures have hovered around 40C since Sunday.

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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.

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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.