Cold spell comes to Germany following spring-like weather

After the surprisingly warm weather at the end of February and beginning of March, Germany is now headed into another cold spell, say meteorologists.

Cold spell comes to Germany following spring-like weather
A man rides his bike over a foggy bridge in Hanover. Photo: DPA

February was a record warm month for the Bundesrepublik, with the Mercury reaching 20C or higher. Wednesday was also warm, with temperatures of up to 17C around the country.

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But “as of Thursday these warm days are over for the time being. The maximum temperatures will drop significantly, and stay below the 10C mark at the weekend,” said meteorologist Dominik Jung to weather forecast website 

Jung even predicted snow in a few locations in the coming week, and black ice on the roads. 

At the edge of the Alps, -10C temperatures accompanied by snow and sleet are to be expected, he said. 

The roads may become slippery, especially at night. Drivers would be well-advised to use winter tyres for a little longer.

But how long will the cold spell last in Germany? “It is only short-lived. A long March winter is not in sight,” explained Jung. By the end of the second week of March, temperatures are expected to begin rising again.

Here’s a look at what the next week is expected to hold around Germany:

Thursday: 5 to 11C, in the south up to 13C, many clouds and light rain

Friday: 3 to 7C, mix of sun and clouds, some showers, snow in some places

Saturday: 4 to 9C, clouds and sunshine, hardly any precipitation

Sunday: 4 to 9C, mix of sun and clouds and dry temperatures

Monday: 4 to 10C, partial rain and snow showers, sleet in the highlands

Tuesday: 5 to 10C, pleasant, with sunny and cloudy weather

In the last week of March, there are then again chances of above-average temperatures, said Jung. 

Meteorologist Jan Schnenk from The Weather Channel attributed the lower temperatures to a “broken polar vortex”, which has also caused a chillier March in previous years.


Cold spell/snap – (der) Kälteeinbruch 

smooth/slippery – glatt

Cloudy – bewölkt

Winter tyres – (die) Winterreifen

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Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

An extreme heat warning was in place for eastern Germany on Monday, while storms were also set to hit the country.

Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

The German Weather Service (DWD) said temperatures could reach 36C on Monday. 

In the morning, the DWD issued an extreme heat warning for eastern regions, as shown below in the map. 

Map of Germany shows the heat warning in the east on Monday June 27th.

Photo: German Weather Service (DWD)

Forecasters said later on Monday, the south and east of the country would be hit by thunderstorms as well as large hailstones, strong winds and heavy rain.

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In the north, west and centre of Germany, forecasters predicted clouds and some showers. Over the course of Monday, heavy thunderstorms with heavy rain, hailstones and strong winds are also possible in the north.

“Thunderstorms have occurred in the past few days and will continue in the coming days, as the established weather situation will remain virtually unchanged,” said a spokesperson from the DWD. 

However, the large temperature differences are striking: in the west of Germany, the mercury will only reach just above 20C in places.

Overnight to Tuesday, the DWD predicts thunderstorms – some of them heavy – from the Baltic Sea to the Alps, and later there is set to be more showers. It could still reach 28C in some places, especially in the east.

The DWD said: “The risk of thunderstorms will remain in the southern half of the country, while the northern half will calm down after the last thunderstorms have moved to Poland.

“This will change again on Wednesday night, when showers and thunderstorms, some of them thundery, as well as heavy rain will make their way north. On Wednesday, it will be quite unsettled with muggy temperatures almost all over the country.”

Forecasters said the weather will remain changeable for the rest of the week, but it should become more settled from next weekend.