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‘Last days to enjoy the sun’: Temperatures in Germany set to dip as summer ends

Tuesday marks the first day of Autumn, and with it the weather is inevitably set to shift. Here's what this week has in store.

'Last days to enjoy the sun': Temperatures in Germany set to dip as summer ends
People in Bad Saarow, Brandenburg enjoy temperatures of 25C at a lake. Photo: DPA

September 22nd, at least according to meteorologists, marks the official first day of autumn. But with clear blue skies and temperatures up to 28C across Deutschland, it might not feel like the country is celebrating the occasion.

But come Friday, fall temperatures will be felt, predicted the German Weather Service (DWD).

READ ALSO: Six signs Autumn has arrived in Germany

On Tuesday temperatures around Germany were slated to range between 23C and 28C, according to DWD. Southwest Germany will be cloudier throughout the day.

“Today and Wednesday are the last days to enjoy the sun and the late summer temperatures,” tweeted DWD, pointing out the temperatures will dip to the point of some snow in south Germany later in the week.

From the late afternoon through the evening, showers and storms are expected in the Bavarian Alps and in the Schwarzwald.

On Wednesday temperatures will remain summer-like, stretching between 22C and 27C. With the exception of eastern Saxony, where storms are expected, the sun will shine throughout the day. 

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Temperature dip later in the week

A further dip in the mercury is expected on Thursday, when the weather ranges between 20C in western and northwestern Germany and 25C in the Lausitz in the eastern states of Brandenburg and Saxony. In the southwest, the mercury is expected to hover around 22C. 

A noticeable shift in the weather will come on Friday, with highs between 14C and 19C around the country, and just 12C at the edge of the Alps. Storms are slated to strike northern Germany.

At the weekend, temperatures around Germany are predicted to drop further, ranging between 7C and 16C at the coasts.

The Bavarian Alps are slated to see their first snow of the year at altitudes of between 1,200 and 1,500 metres. 

Our advice: make sure to bring along an Übergangsjacke this week for the shifting temperatures.

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LIVING IN GERMANY

Living in Germany: World Cup rainbows, pumpkin slaughter and a nation of savers

From unusual traditions at a world famous pumpkin festival to Germans' spending habits (or lack there of), we take a look at some of the big talking points of life in Germany.

Living in Germany: World Cup rainbows, pumpkin slaughter and a nation of savers

Where do Germans move to?

Many of our members are foreigners who choose to call Germany home. But what do we know about the Germans who move outside the country? According to official figures from last year, around five million Germans currently live abroad. And most of the Germans who emigrate – perhaps unsurprisingly – don’t go too far. Switzerland is home to the most Germans who choose to leave their country.

About 17,000 Germans took up residence there in 2021. Next in line is Austria – another German-speaking country. Around 11,000 Germans chose to live and work there last year.

But it’s not just the German-speaking places that attract Deutschlanders. In third spot for Germans emigrating abroad in 2021 was the United States – 8,400 Germans moved there last year. Meanwhile, just over 6,000 Germans took up residence in Spain, while around 5,000 each opted for Turkey, France, the United Kingdom, and Poland. 

Tweet of the week

All eyes are on the FIFA World Cup in Qatar – but it’s more than football that’s in the news. The world is watching the various protests going on against Qatar, over its treatment of migrant workers, women and the LGBTQ community. German football commentator Claudia Neumann made waves for her choice of rainbow clothing. 

Where is this?

Photo: DPA/Ilkay Karakurt

The Ludwigsburg pumpkin festival (Kürbisausstellung) is slowly coming to an end after months! So what happens to the pumpkins? Well, a big “pumpkin slaughter” takes place at the Blühende Barock gardens where enthusiasts salvage what they can. Meanwhile, the seeds are usually auctioned off. 

Did you know?

With inflation at over 10 percent, it’s no wonder that many people in Germany are being more careful with their spending. A new survey released this week from the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV) found that 63 percent of consumers have cut back their spending. The survey also found that more Germans are making long-term changes to their lifestyle such as buying less clothes and repairing goods instead of buying new ones. However, did you know that Germany has a reputation for saving, and making items go further? In fact, Germans are known for being a nation of savers rather than investors.

The Local contributor Aaron Burnett wrote in a recent article on investing: “It’s even apparent in the language – the German word for “debt” is ‘Schuld,’ which also means ‘guilt.’ During the euro crisis, ‘austerity’ was often called ‘Sparpolitik’ in German newspapers, or “the politics of saving”. Meanwhile, many Germans keep most of their money in savings accounts and avoid maxing out credit cards. 

Germany is also known for its second-hand culture and strong recycling ethic. Second-hand shops or platforms for selling items are common. You’ll also find that people leave their old clothes or books on their doorstep in a box with ‘zu verschenken’ (to give away) written on a sign. People can look through the items and take anything they want at no cost. 

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