Heatwave in Germany to end with cooler weather expected at weekend

Friday will see the high point of a sub-tropical heatwave hitting Germany, making way for cooler temperatures from the north by the weekend.

Heatwave in Germany to end with cooler weather expected at weekend
Graal-Müritz on the Baltic coast on August 19th, 2020. Photo: DPA

The hot weather that moved across Germany on Thursday will reach its zenith on Friday afternoon, with temperatures in parts of the country rising above 37C.

According to the German Weather Service (DWD) a high pressure front called Frederick has moved over central Europe from North Africa, bringing with it hot dry temperatures.

In Berlin temperatures of 35C are expected in the afternoon. The region around Stuttgart will sweat under the hottest temperatures up to 37C.

But already on Friday the low pressure from Jantra will start making an impression on the north and west of the country, with temperatures unlikely to rise above 30C in these regions.

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Saturday's weather forecast. DWD

Jantra will bring with her significant chance of rain and some storms.

By Saturday cooler sea air will have swept across the country, giving relief to cities like Berlin where temperatures will remain in the mid-twenties.

Sunday will see cloud cover with some sun. Rain is expected to fall in much of the south of the country with the north and Baltic coasts experiencing some strong winds. Temperatures will remain in the low 20s and will drop as low as 7C in the evening.

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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