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IN PICTURES: Torrential rain and flooding leaves trail of destruction across western Germany

Severe flooding has left dozens of people dead and many missing in communities across western Germany.

IN PICTURES: Torrential rain and flooding leaves trail of destruction across western Germany
A drone shows the devastation caused by the flooding of the Ahr river in the Eifel area, Rhineland-Palatinate. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/TNN | Christoph Reichwein

The states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) have been worst hit by the storms which have caused rivers to burst their banks and threatened to bring down further homes.

LATEST: Storms leave several dead and many missing in western Germany

As these dramatic pictures and tweets show, the extreme weather is heavily affecting towns and villages across the region.

It’s leading to calls from some for urgent action against climate change. 

A drone shot (below) captures the flooding in Schuld on Thursday, Rhineland-Palatinate. 

Photo: picture alliance/dpa/TNN | Christoph Reichwein

Rescue workers survey the flooded streets in Solingen, NRW, on Thursday morning. 

Photo: picture alliance/dpa/TNN | Gianni Gattus

A car submerged in water in Solingen, NRW. 

Photo: picture alliance/dpa/TNN | Gianni Gattus

Another car buried by debris in Hagen, NRW, on Thursday. 

Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Roberto Pfeil

A person standing on scaffolding in Solingen, NRW, on Thursday morning in a flooded street. 

Photo: picture alliance/dpa/TNN | Gianni Gattus

A resident in Hagen, NRW, looks at the damage caused by the severe floods. 

Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Roberto Pfeil

The Bundeswehr (German army) has been called in to assist with the rescue. The picture below shows the army in Hagen, NRW.

Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Roberto Pfeil

A fire and rescue employee walking on a flooded street in Kordel, Rhineland-Palatinate, in the middle of the night on Wednesday. 

Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Harald Tittel

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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.

READ ALSO: Germany sees record temperatures

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.

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