Temperatures of almost 40C expected in Germany

Some parts of Germany could experience temperatures up to 38C on Friday and Saturday as a heatwave hits Europe.

Temperatures of almost 40C expected in Germany
Sunrise at Cuxhaven, Lower Saxony on July 31st. Photo: DPA

There's been some mixed weather across the country during July, including some showers.

But on the last day of the month the hottest day of the year is forecast. Across the country, the mercury is expected to rise above the 30C mark on Friday.

And 37C to 38C is expected locally in the Rhine area, according to a forecast by the German Weather Service (DWD).

In the north and east of the country, temperatures will be slightly lower, with highs of about 24 to 30C expected.

On the coast it will be around 21C. Almost the whole of Germany is expected to have sunshine all day long, and it's only in the northeast where it will be cloudier at least in the first part of the day.

Around the Alps and in the Black Forest area, there may be more compact cumulus clouds in the afternoon and a low risk of heat thunderstorms.

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Readers will be glad to know that Saturday will also be hot. In the south and southwest it could again reach 38C.

On Sunday, a westerly current will bring cooler air and the 30C mark will probably only be broken in the far east of the country. The risk of showers and thunderstorms will increase significantly from the west as early as Saturday.

The new week will start off slightly cooler with temperatures between 22 and 27C.

Meanwhile, according to weather experts July has been a dry month.

With around 50 litres of rain per square metre, July only reached 65 percent of its target of 78 litres. Areas where the rainfall target was met were mostly in the south and the far north of Germany.

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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.