Gale force winds and flooding predicted for north Germany over weekend

Germany's weather service is warning of a severe storm in the north of the country on Saturday, while a separate flood warning has been issued for the Elbe river in the vicinity of Hamburg.

A storm on the North Sea coast on January 20th.
A storm on the North Sea coast on January 20th. Photo: Volker Bartels/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk

The German Weather Service (DWD) expects gale-force winds to sweep in across the Baltic and North Sea coasts on Saturday evening, with parts of the states of Schleswig Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to be worst hit.

The Maritime and Hydrographic Agency also warned of a storm surge in the Hamburg Elbe area, saying that water levels could rise up to 2.5 metres higher than the average high water mark. The peak is expected to be reached in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Storm surge warnings have also been issued for North Frisia and on the Baltic Sea in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour will pummel the Baltic coast, while inland areas in the north and east of the country should prepare for blasts of up to 110 km/h.

Weather warnings due to high winds have been issues for Berlin and the surrounding regions of Brandenburg for Sunday morning, while gale force gusts will be felt on higher terrain all the way down to the Ore Mountains in Saxony.

On the Baltic Sea, several ferries between Rostock and Gedser on the Danish island of Falster have been cancelled. According to the Scandlines shipping company, connections will be affected from 3.45 p.m. on Saturday until 9 a.m. on Sunday.

The regular timetable is set to be resumed on Sunday with departures from Rostock and Gedser at 11.15 am. According to Scandlines, customers can use the ferries from Puttgarden to Rødby on the Danish island of Lolland.

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Germany set for scorching temperatures up to 30C

After days of summery weather, temperatures in Germany are set to peak at around 30C this week before a cooler spell over the weekend.

Germany set for scorching temperatures up to 30C

After a long spell of sunny weather, most parts of Germany could see summer arrive early this week with clear blue skies and sweltering temperatures – but the hot weather may not last long, according to meteorologists.

Heat and sunshine should last through the middle of the week but suddenly give way to cooler temperatures over the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) predicts.

On Tuesday, most regions see temperatures in the mid to high 20s and a continuation of the dry weather of the past week. In the northeast, including Berlin, the mercury could reach 28C, and temperatures are likely to be between 22C and 28C across western and central areas.

Those in higher altitude regions of the south and those along the north coast should be the only people needing their rain jackets as this part of the country could see scattered showers and clouds, according to DWD.

Wednesday is the day to plan a lake trip as this is likely to be the hottest day of the week. 

Most parts of the country will stay sunny and dry throughout the day and people can expect summery temperatures of between 24C and 30C.

For those on the north coast, it’s likely to be a little chillier, with temperatures of around 15C and partly overcast skies.

Thursday and Friday are likely to bring with them cooler temperatures, with the hot spell giving way to scattered showers and clouds in many regions over the weekend.

On Saturday, southern regions will see highs up of up to 23C while the northern regions will slip down to 18C during the day.

But anyone planning to be out and about on Saturday evening in the south should bring a warm jacket as the mercury could drop as low as 4C. 

Sunny weather Standbad Lübars

A woman enjoys the warm weather at Standbad Lübars in Berlin. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Britta Pedersen

Northern regions ‘too dry’ 

Though most people have been thrilled to see a warm burst of sunshine in the middle of spring, climate experts have been voicing concern about the uneven rainfall across the country.

In an analysis published on the DWD website, the meteorologists claimed that the northern and eastern parts of Germany have been “clearly too dry” in the past weeks.

“A first glance at the current map already reveals that the regional differences of April have continued in May,” they wrote. “In almost all regions of the northern half and in some parts of the centre, hardly more than 10 and in many places not even 5 litres of rain per square-metre fell in the first days of May.”

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Though experts had predicted low rainfall, the first 10 days of May have been even drier than predicted.

The lack of rainfall has caused groundwater to dry up significantly, sparking fears of forest fires and drought over summer.

Though more rainfall could come at the end of May, the Weather Channel’s Jan Schenk believes the probability of an overly dry summer is now “very high”.

Schenk believes that predictions for rainfall could have overestimated the amount of precipitation by up to 50 litres per square metre in some areas. This is a reason for households to start saving water now, he told HNA