Heatwave in Germany: Temperatures up to 38C expected at the weekend

Plenty of sunshine and temperatures stretching far above the 30C mark: summer in Germany is making a shining appearance at the weekend.

Heatwave in Germany: Temperatures up to 38C expected at the weekend
The sun was already shining strongly at this meadow in Hamburg on Friday morning. Photo: DPA

On Friday, the mercury in many parts of the country was set to climb to between 30 and 36C, the German Weather Service (DWD) announced in the morning.

Only south of the Danube river and on the coasts, the Hitze (heat) will not be quite as strong, with temperatures of 27 to 30 degrees expected.

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The sunny weather will stretch into the weekend, with only low mountain ranges expecting short rain showers.

On Saturday, temperatures are slated to reach between 30 and 37C, with a slightly cooler outlook on Germany’s islands in the north, and in the mountains in Bavaria and the south. Those in the east and northeast parts of the country will receive a bit of relief with windier weather. 

On Sunday, temperatures around the country are predicted to range between 30-36C. In the west and southwest, they are set to stretch as high as 38C in the west, particularly in areas along the Rhine River.

Stormy weather is possible in the morning in the eastern parts of the country, as well as in the lower mountain ranges and Alps. 

In Berlin, where all swimming pools had already sold out by Thursday, temperatures were expected to reach 36C on Saturday and 32C on Sunday. Munich was set to be much cooler, with temperatures of 29C on both Saturday and Sunday.

The western parts of the country were to be hit particularly hard: Cologne was slated to see temperatures of 37C on both Saturday and Sunday. In Frankfurt the Mercury would rise to 36C on both weekend days.

A sunflower in Berlin's Tiergarten being watered on Friday morning. Photo: DPA

DWD tweeted in their latest weather report that the “heat is coming and staying.”

Summer travellers

Rail operator Deutsche Bahn is preparing for more passengers over the warm weekend, as summer holidays were coming to a close for several states on Friday.

The state-owned company on Friday said it was working to prevent problems with air conditioning systems in long-distance trains – especially during heat spells and in the middle of the coronavirus crisis.

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The number of ICE 4 trains with “particularly powerful air-conditioning systems” has now doubled to 49 compared to the summer of 2019. 

“The new double-decker IC trains also have air-conditioning systems designed for outside temperatures of over 40C,” a spokesman said.

Member comments

  1. Well, at least you guys have low humidity so the heat is a bit more tolerable, unlike in Texas where we not only have triple-digit temperatures to contend with, but on average 90%+ humidity too, which makes the heat that much more worse. This is a great time to get out and plant something though.

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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