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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Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Over the weekend, large parts of Germany saw early snowfall, but will it continue throughout the winter?

Will Germany see more snow this winter?

Many parts of Germany experienced an early white Christmas over the weekend, as snow fell from Berlin to the Baltic Sea. Hesse also saw at least the first swirl of snowflakes and there was light snow in the Siegerland and the Hochsauerland districts of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Some areas of the country were hit particularly hard by the snow – a few centimetres of snow fell in Kassel, while large parts of Bavaria experienced heavy snowfall on Saturday.

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There were also numerous accidents on icy roads in North Rhine-Westphalia, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Schleswig-Holstein and Bavaria. 

Will there be more snowfall this week?

Snowfall is expected at the beginning of the week in some areas in Thuringia and Saxony, while further south, there is likely to be snowfall only at high altitudes – such as in the Bavarian Alps.

Snow lies on the beach in Zingst, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Georg Moritz

In the coming days, temperatures will rise again and the weather will become milder. According to the German Weather Service (DWD) temperatures will hover between 5C and 12C for most of the country, while only the northeast and east see maximum temperatures of 0C to 4C.

Will there be more snow this winter?

2022 has already broken weather records in Germany – the period from January to the end of October was the warmest since weather records began almost 140 years ago.

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Various weather models have already simulated the coming winter in Europe and Germany and provide estimations on how much warmer the coming winter is likely to be than from the years 1961 to 1990.

The models created by NASA, DWD, and the Climate Forecast System all agree that trend of rising temperatures will probably continue over the winter. Between December and February, it’s expected that the mercury will be between 1C and 3C higher than it was between 1961 and 1990. 

Meteorologist Corinna Borau from told the Frankfurter Rundschau that she thinks that it’s extremely unlikely that there will be further snowfall in December in Germany.

“If the month looks rather dry and too mild overall, then we can’t expect large amounts of snow” Borau said. 

According to Borau, January is unlikely to be a “snow bomb” either, though it will still “feel like winter” and snow is only expected to fall sporadically. In February, however, the chances of snowfall are higher than in previous months.