Weather: Sun and springlike temperatures come to Germany

Get your sunglasses and ice cream cones ready: Plenty of sunshine and springlike temperatures are expected throughout Germany on Tuesday and in the coming days.

Weather: Sun and springlike temperatures come to Germany
Sunbathers enjoyed already-warm temperatures in Düsseldorf on Monday. Photo: DPA

The maximum temperatures will range between 19C to 25C, the German Weather Service (DWD) said on Tuesday morning.

Berlin and Frankfurt will enjoy temperatures of up to 22C, Hamburg and Munich 21C, and Cologne 24C.

Along the coast it will be slightly cooler, with the mercury ranging from 12C to 18C. On the North Sea islands, up to 10C is expected, along with a breeze.

In the far north and northeast, it will be cloudy and slightly windy in the first half of the day, before the sun emerges again. 

Wednesday will bring similarly warm temperatures around the Bundesrepublik, with only a slight dip expected on Thursday. In some locations, there may be light frost again in the morning. 

But be sure you have your Übergangsjacke ready for Easter weekend: temperatures around the Bundesrepublik are expected to dip dramatically on Friday, and remain chillier in most places throughout the weekend.

There will be a mix of sun and clouds until Tuesday, when rain will fall in most parts of the country. 

On Friday, Hamburg will see highs of 11C, Berlin 12C, 17C, Cologne 15C and Munich 18C accompanied by slight rain. 


springlike temperatures – frühlingshafte Temperaturen

Along the coast – (das) Küstenumfeld

Cloudy- bewölkt

Fog – (der) Nebel

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Reader question: Is it ever too hot to work from home in Germany?

Germany has regulations on working during a heatwave - but does that also apply to people who work remotely? We take a look.

Reader question: Is it ever too hot to work from home in Germany?

The number of people working from home shot up during the Covid pandemic, and though employees no longer have the right to work remotely by law, many have chosen to stick with more flexible arrangements and set up a home office at least part of the week.

This is great news for people who enjoy a lie-in more than a long commute, but there are some downsides. One major issue is that it’s not always clear how Germany’s strict employee protection rules actually apply in a home setting. The rules for working during a heatwave are a good example of this.

How does Germany regulate working in extreme heat? 

By law in Germany, employers are responsible for creating a safe environment for their workers. This means that they should try and keep the temperature below 26C at all times and are legally obliged to take action if the temperature goes above 30C. 

That could include putting blinds on the windows to prevent the glare of the sun, installing air conditioning systems or purchasing fans. In some cases – such as outdoor manual labour – it could also involve starting and finishing earlier in the day. 

And in really high temperatures, employers may simply decide to call the whole thing off and give their employees a ‘hitzefrei’ day – basically a heat-induced day off – to go and cool down in a lake. However, business owners are generally given free rein to decide how hot is too hot in this instance (except in the case of vulnerable workers). 

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Do the heat rules apply to ‘home office?’

Unfortunately not. In most cases in Germany, the company isn’t directly involved in setting up the workspace for an employee that works from home, aside from possibly providing a laptop or phone for remote use. 

“The occupational health and safety regulations regarding room temperature do not apply in this case,” labour law expert Meike Brecklinghaus told German business publication T3N. “This is because the employer does not have direct access to the employee’s workplace and in this respect cannot take remedial action.”

That means that on hot days, it’s the employee’s own responsibility to make sure the environment is suitable for working in. 

woman works from home in Germany

A woman works in her living room at home. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Daniel Naupold

One duty employers do have, however, is to instruct their workers about the best way to set up a healthy work environment at home, for example by giving guidance on how to regulate the temperature. 

“In the end, it is the employee’s responsibility to maintain his or her workplace in a condition in which he or she can perform his or her work without the threat of health impairments,” Brecklinghaus explained.

What can home office workers do in hot weather?

There are plenty of ways to keep flats cooler in the summer months, including purchasing your own fan, keeping curtains or blinds drawn and ventilating the rooms in the evening or early morning when the weather is cooler.

However, if heat is really becoming a problem, it’s a good idea to communicate this to your employer. This is especially important if you have a health condition that makes it more dangerous to work in hot weather. 

In some cases, you might be able to negotiate for the employer to pay for the purchase of a fan or mobile air conditioner as goodwill gesture. If possible, you could also arrange to travel to the office where the temperature should be better regulated.

Another option for early birds or night owls is to arrange more flexible working hours so you can avoid sweltering at your desk in the midday sun, although this of course depends on operational factors. 

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