IN PICTURES: Germany enjoys scorching temperatures in hottest day of year

Warm air from the Mediterranean brought the year's hottest temperatures yet on Wednesday, as parts of the south of Germany sweated in 34C heat.

IN PICTURES: Germany enjoys scorching temperatures in hottest day of year
A boy jumps into Kiel Fjord in Schleswig-Holstein on Wednesday. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Axel Heimken

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. 

Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Uwe Anspach
The north of Germany also saw high heats on Wednesday. In the scorching temperatures, people cooled off in the lakes and swimming pools. In the Kiel Fjord, in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, four men were photographed jumping into an area that had been closed off to swimmers. 

Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Axel Heimken
Animals were also affected by the sweltering temperatures. In the agricultural region of Hessian Ried, a family of birds was pictured sitting with their mouths open in 32C heat.

Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler
At the popular tourist destination of Steinhuder Meer in Lower Saxony, Ilka and Jennifer brought their dog Fietje out to the pier to enjoy the sunshine. 
Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Hauke-Christian Dittrich
In the wine-growing region of Franconia, young grapes in the Escherndorfer Lump vineyard basked in the warmth. Due to the unseasonably cold spring, the vines sprouted later than usual this year.

Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Karl-Josef Hildenbrand
On the island of Heligoland in the North Sea, a photographer snapped a picture of a buoy lying on a deserted beach. Over the next few weeks, the school holidays will kick off in the states of Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Brandenburg und Berlin, and with most states now open to tourists, deserted beaches are likely to be increasingly hard to come by. 

Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Marcus Brandt
On Thursday morning, swimmers in Hanover tried to beat the heat by heading for an early morning dip at Kleefelder Bad. Over the next few days, temperatures are due to soar in Germany, reaching a sweat-inducing 37C in parts of the north and east.

Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Hauke-Christian Dittrich

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.

In a tweet on Thursday, the DWD showed a graphic illustrating the high chance of forest fires in the latter half of the week. “Stay alert,” they wrote. 


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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.