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.
The sunny weather will stretch into the weekend, with only low mountain ranges expecting short rain showers.
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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.”
Die Hitze kommt und bleibt!
DWD Diplom-Meteorologe Dr. Markus Übel erläutert die bevorstehende Gefahr durch eine starke Wärmebelastung (Stand: Donnerstag, 06.08.2020, 14 Uhr).https://t.co/d5XppAhKCX /V
— DWD (@DWD_presse) August 6, 2020
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.
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.