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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What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

Parts of Germany will see another heatwave this week as temperatures soar.

What temperatures can we expect in Germany this week?

The German Weather Service (DWD) has predicted that the mercury will climb in some regions of to around 34C this week. 

“After low pressure ‘Karin’ gave parts of Germany rain, sometimes in large quantities, high pressure ‘Piet’ is now back in pole position,” said meteorologist Lars Kirchhübel of the DWD.

This high pressure zone will dominate the weather in large parts of western and central Europe over the coming days, the weather expert said, adding that it will reach Germany too. 

On Monday temperatures remained fairly cool across the country after a weekend of showers, but they are set to climb over the course of the week, particularly on Wednesday and Thursday. Forecasters predict it could reach 32C in Stuttgart and 33C in Cologne on Thursday. Locally, temperatures could reach 34C. 

However, from the Oder and Neisse rivers to the Erzgebirge mountains and southeast Bavaria, denser clouds and some showers are to be expected. This is due to a high-level low pressure system over the Balkan region, according to forecasters. Short showers are also possible in the Black Forest.

“In most of the rest of the country, high ‘Piet’ will be able to hold its ground,” said Kirchhübel.

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At the end of the week, thunderstorms are forecast but temperatures are expected to remain high. 

August in Germany ‘too dry’

According to the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, August as a whole – apart from a few areas in eastern Germany – will be too dry compared to the multi-year average.

The Black Forest, the High Rhine and the Allgäu to the Bavarian Forest, however, are not expected to have any major problems due to the high rainfall of the past few days.

“Looking at Rhineland-Palatinate, the southern half of Hesse, the western half of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Franconia shows a different picture,” said Kirchhübel. In the last 30 days, only about 10 percent of the usual level of precipitation fell in some places.

“At some stations, no precipitation at all has been measured in August,” added Kirchhübel, referencing Würzburg as an example.

Rainfall at the weekend caused the water in the Rhine river to rise slightly. In Emmerich, the water level reached a positive value again after the historic low of the past few days: in the morning, it showed three centimetres – an increase of six centimetres compared to the previous day.

The water level also rose by several centimetres at the other measuring points in North Rhine-Westphalia: in Cologne, the level rose to 80cm and in Düsseldorf to 38cm.

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Despite this encouraging trend, the Waterways and Shipping Authority said it did not expect a huge improvement in water levels in the foreseeable future due to more hot weather coming.