According to the German Weather Service (DWD), the year got off to a cooler start than usual with the coldest Spring since 2013.
After a relatively mild March, April and May were unusually cool, with bouts of snow, rain and hail striking across Germany. The average Spring temperature was a nippy 7.2C, while parts of the south experienced extremely wet weather.
But following this patchy start – and just a few weeks before the school summer holidays in the north, west and east of Germany – the country is experiencing its first heatwave with temperatures significantly over 30C.
On Wednesday, the country saw the hottest day of the year so far. Near Speyer, in the Waghäusel-Kirrlach area, the warmest temperatures of 33.9C were recorded. In the picture below, a woman relaxes on the bank of the Rhine, with Speyer Cathedral visible in the background.
According to the DWD, the west and northwest could see isolated thunderstorms with hail and heavy rain on Thursday. Temperatures are likely to range between 30C and 36C, though the islands could remain a little cooler.
Summery temperatures are expected to reach the high point of the week on Friday, with up to 37C heat in parts the east.
— DWD (@DWD_presse) June 17, 2021